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Tools, Tips & How To...

Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events
The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health published this 10-page document, which provides guidelines for serving healthy foods at workplace functions. These guidelines offer tips for selecting healthy foods and also compares commonly served unhealthy items with healthy alternative


Research, Data & Reports

Homeward Bound: Food-Related Transportation Strategies in Low-Income and Transit Dependent Communities
This report examines fifteen examples of programs providing transportation services to increase access to food sources.

How Land Use and Transportation Systems Impact Public Health: A Literature Review of the Relationship between Physical Activity and Built Form

CDC's Active Community Environments Initiative (ACES) promotes active living and the environments that support it. Dr. Frank's working paper describes the impact of the built environment on physical activity.

Lessons Learned From Physical Activity Interventions Targeting Low-Income Women: A Literature Review
Prepared by Samuels & Associates for The California Nutrition Network, February 2002. Please email info@samuelsandassociates.com to receive a copy.

Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl: A National Analysis of Physical Activity, Obesity and Chronic Disease
Smart Growth America and the Surface Transportation Policy Project present the first national study indicating that people who live in counties marked by sprawl-style development tend to weigh more, are more likely to be obese and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

Neighborhood Groceries: New Access to Healthy Food in Low-Income Communities
This document explores the feasibility and economic benefits of several options for bringing healthy food and fresh produce to low-income communities. Mobile stores, food cooperatives, small groceries, corner-store enhancements and farmer's markets are all explored.

Neighborhood retail outlets and nutrition study
Conducted by Morland et al., this was the first quantitative study of the relationship between local food environment and dietary intake to look at fruit and vegetable intake among African-Americans and Whites. Study findings suggest that the local food environment impacts residents' ability to meet recommended dietary intakes. The Contextual Effect of the Local Food Environment on Residents' Diets: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study was published in the American Journal of Public Health and The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Neighborhood Safety and the Prevalence of Physical Inactivity -- Selected States, 1996
This article featured in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System indicating that perceived lack of neighborhood safety was associated with physical inactivity.

Play Across Boston
Conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Play Across Boston is a community-based assessment of quality and availability of facilities and resources for sports and recreation. The study provided stakeholders with needed information for planning and evaluating future sports programming and development in the city.


Programs and Organizations

Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure , University at Albany

Active Living by Design
A national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this organization provides leadership and funding to community partnerships that promote Active Living, a lifestyle that easily integrates physical activity into daily routines. Their website contains an impressive list of resources and links to e-newsletters.

Healthy Stores Project
Dr. Joel Gittelsohn of the Johns Hopkins Center for Human Nutrition has initiated a series of store-based interventions to address the need for systemic environmental change in low-income areas. The goal of these store-based interventions is to increase local capacity and local access to healthy food in low-income communities, where such choices are limited or non-existent. Healthy Stores projects began with the Marshall Islands Healthy Stores program in 2000, the Apache Healthy Stores Project was initiated in 2003, and a feasibility study for the Baltimore Healthy Stores project is currently underway.

Youth Envision -- Improving Food Access in Bayview Hunter's Point
A project of Literacy for Environmental Justice, this program funds youth to become researchers, community organizers and advocates to improve access to healthy foods. In addition to building youth skills, the program is working with the District Supervisor to create the "Good Neighbor Agreement" that would increase shelf space for healthy products and decrease shelf space for alcohol and tobacco products in local stores.

Center for Science in the Public Interest


Policy Issues

Eat Smart, Move More... North Carolina
North Carolina's statewide initiative to promote increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

Fatter and Less Fit, Whose Fault Is It?: Public Policies for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Environments in Communities of Color
California Pan Ethnic Health Network and CANFit hosted a convening on April 16, 2003 in Oakland and July 9, 2003 in Los Angeles to engage communities of color in developing public policies for healthy eating and physical activity environments in their communities. The information from the convenings, in addition to other research, are included in the following brief, "Addressing the Obesity Epidemic - Public Policies for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Environments". In addition, information on the speakers and presentations from the convening are available.

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) advocates national policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet- and inactivity-related diseases.

Surface Transportation Policy Project


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