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Success Stories on Community Interventions to
Prevent Chronic Diseases
communities have implemented effective chronic disease
prevention activities that are transforming the face of local public
health. Steps-funded communities are addressing the burden of chronic
diseases by implementing proven strategies and activities that help
people to be more physically active, eat a healthy diet, stop using
tobacco and—for those affected—better manage their diabetes and asthma.
The Steps Program in Action: Success
Stories on Community Initiatives to Prevent Chronic Diseases*
a 44-page booklet illustrating local community interventions in schools,
work sites, communities, and health care settings that promote
healthier lifestyles and assist people in making sustainable changes to
reduce their risks for chronic diseases.
These community successes have far-reaching implications by serving as
models that can be replicated nationwide for young people, adults,
families, and underserved populations. The unique approach of Steps that
promotes accelerated change includes the following: 1) Steps activities
being conducted where people work, live, and play: schools,
neighborhoods, faith-based institutions, work sites, and health care
settings, 2) partnerships—traditional and nontraditional—that enhance
program delivery and sustainability, and 3) a comprehensive approach of
collaborating with the private sector and multiple levels of government,
as well as addressing three important health conditions and their
underlying risk factors.
Individual profiles from The Steps Program in Action and other
sources are listed below.
Responding to Community Needs
- Broome County, New York
control diabetes and obesity.
- Clark County,
Washington (PDF-252K)—Getting results with a walking guide and physical
- Cleveland, Ohio
community gardens for promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
- Cochise County, Arizona
- Fayette County,
Pennsylvania (PDF-86K)—Improving physical activity and healthy eating.
- Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
(PDF-86K)—Encouraging chronic disease prevention and
- Luzerne County,
Pennsylvania (PDF-90K)—Increasing awareness of chronic disease prevention.
- Mesa County, Colorado
a health promotion program in conjunction with healthcare providers.
- River Region, Alabama
diabetes self-management through wellness advocate assistance.
- Rochester, Minnesota
family fitness opportunities.
- Southeast Alaska
(PDF-319K)—Improving nutrition and physical activity policies and
practices at child care centers.
- Weld County, Colorado
diabetes prevention and management among Hispanics.
- Yuma County, Arizona
(PDF-88K)—Improving nutrition and physical activity policies and
practices at child care centers.
Creating Healthier School Environments
Working in Health Care Settings to Improve Patient Care
Helping Work Sites Improve Employee
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Page last reviewed: March 5, 2009
Page last modified: January 16, 2008
Content source: Division of Adult and
Community Health, National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion