PCD News Summary for March 23, 2017
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A Community-Driven Implementation of the Body and Soul Program in Churches in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, 2011–2014
Body and Soul, a Minnesota church-based program focused on promoting healthy eating among African Americans, helped participants increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. Project goals included promoting healthy eating among church members, engaging African American churches in the implementation of the Body and Soul program, and implementing the program with minimal resources. Body and Soul was successfully implemented in 20 churches at minimal cost and consumption of fruits and vegetables increased among church members. Additionally, church staff were highly satisfied with the program and noted increases in the amount of fruits and vegetables served at church functions as a result of the program.
Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010–2016
A San Francisco-based program aimed at promoting community health successfully contributed to the city’s passing of a soda tax and enacting an ordinance banning use of city funds to purchase sugary beverages.
In 2010, a diverse group of community, civic, and academic organizations formed the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SFHIP) to promote policies and structural changes to improve community health, including reducing consumption of sugary beverages. SFHIP efforts contributed to San Francisco passing a soda tax and enacting an ordinance banning use of city funds to purchase sugary beverages. Partly due to SFHIP efforts, almost all community hospitals in the city voluntarily prohibited the sale and serving of sugary beverages.
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