Healthy Cities and Towns
By improving access to affordable healthy foods, physical activity, and recreation, cities and towns make the healthy choice the easy choice. Research shows that behavior change is more likely to last when people and their communities make similar changes.
- Municipal Survey Report: Obesity Prevention in New Hampshire Communities
is an easy-to-read report with baseline data on city and town policies that support healthy eating and active living. It also provides resources and sample policies.
- Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States: Implementation and Measurement Guide addresses the role of local cities and towns in reducing obesity.
- The Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWA-NH) is the statewide focal point for bicycling and pedestrian related issues including safety and education programs. BWA-NH provides resources that address legislation, road/trail design and maintenance, safety programs, advocacy and more.
- Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities takes a comprehensive look at local food policy and its relationship to state and federal regulations. It defines terminology and explains the “why and how” of local food policy. Topics include land-use regulations. urban agriculture, consumer access, environmental sustainability, school food and nutrition education, and more.
- Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community reviews and compares data sources associated with availability and access to heathy food.
- Healthy Concessions Guide addresses guidelines for food and beverages, rationale for recommendations, and sample policy language.
- Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign is a rich resource that shows how cities and towns can improve the health of their communities through land use, healthy foods, and employee wellness.
- Engaging Community Partners to Support Healthy Food Retail focuses on increasing access to retail outlets that sell nutritious, affordable food in low-income communities.
- Healthy Vending Guide addresses healthy vending guidelines for foods and beverages, sample policy language, and marketing strategies to promote healthy options.
- Joint Use Agreements
- Let's Move! outlines five ways elected officials can bring a community together to solve the obesity challenge.
- National Complete Streets Coalition - Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design roadways with all users in mind including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
- Obesity: Halting the Epidemic by Making Health Easier This review of obesity's causes, cost, and consequences, suggests cities and towns make policy and systems changes to help people make healthier choices.
- Physical Activity for Youth: The Role of Communities
- Putting Business to Work for Health outlines how local government incentives can help improve community health, defines the different types of incentives that promote access to healthy food and physical activity, and the steps involved in developing and carrying out these policies and programs.
- School Siting and Local Government School locations can have a major impact on children's health. Although school districts generally make the key decisions about where schools are located, local governments can play an important role.
- What Works in Communities , developed by the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, provides strategies that make the healthy choice the easy choice within cities and towns.
- Why Low-Income and Food Insecure People are Vulnerable to Overweight and Obesity Food insecure people and low-income people are subject to the same influences as other Americans, but they also face unique challenges in adopting healthy behaviors: limited resources and lack of access to healthy, affordable foods; fewer opportunities for physical activity; cycles of food deprivation and overeating; high levels of stress; greater exposure to marketing of obesity-promoting products; and limited access to health care.
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