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  • Addressing Obesity Disparities - CDC’s Addressing Obesity Disparities website is designed to help you understand and apply the contents of the Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities.
    • Health Equity Toolkit[PDF–3.78Mb] - The purpose of this toolkit is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit’s primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.
  • Anti-Lobbying Restrictions for CDC Grantees
    General overview of lobbying restrictions on the work of CDC grantees, along with examples of restricted and permissible activities. The examples are provided for illustrative purposes, but should not be regarded as definitive legal guidance, as they may not apply to the specific circumstances of the work of any specific grantee.
  • Obesity Prevention Strategies – These publications provide guidance for program managers, policy makers, and others on how to select strategies to increase physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption and breastfeeding.
  • Body Mass Index: Considerations for Practitioners [PDF-142Kb] – Consider these issues when using BMI to measure body fat.
  • DNPAO Sources of Evidence [PDF-176Kb] – Learn about the use of evidence on environmental and policy-based obesity prevention initiatives.
  • Find Strategies – This list of intervention strategies will provide guidance in planning approaches that will address healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention.

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Success Stories - The Division of Community Health's Success Stories Application is a free online tool to help you turn your success into strong, professional, polished documents. Create and customize your own success story today!

Social Marketing Resources - Social marketing can be thought of as a mindset used in planning and partnership development, or a structured and strategic planning process. It can be used to influence the behavior of individuals or the behavior of policymakers and influential persons for policy and environmental changes. The structured planning process allows you to make well-informed decisions about what audiences to target, what are their specific needs, and how you can meet those needs. This Web section offers various information and resources using social marketing methods.

DCH Making Business Case Videos
These documentary style vignettes profile the successes of a corner store and grocery store owners in Louisville, KY, and Parkersburg, WV and the Philadelphia success story of creating a safer biking community.  Through real-life examples, the videos showcase how improved public health can benefit individuals as well as generate profits, increase employee productivity and morale, and expand the customer base for businesses, creating a win-win scenario for all.  

Making the Business Case for Prevention: Healthy Corner Stores

Making the Business Case for Prevention: A Grocery Store’s Healthy Options

Making Health Easier: Active Living in Philadelphia, PA

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