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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy Communities Program
4770 Buford Highway, N.E., Mailstop K-93
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717

Telephone: (770) 488-6452
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Success Stories on Community Interventions to Prevent Chronic Diseases

Photo of kids playingSteps 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* (PDF–917K) is 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

Creating Healthier School Environments

Working in Health Care Settings to Improve Patient Care

Helping Work Sites Improve Employee Health

*Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be  inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

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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

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