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Steps Communities

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From 2003–2009, the CDC’s Steps Program awarded over $100 million to 40 United States communities. Communities implemented programs to reduce the burden of obesity, diabetes, and asthma, and produced local success in reducing the prevalence of the three related health risk factors: physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use and exposure.

The unique approach of Steps promoted accelerated change within each community. By forming partnerships with traditional and non-traditional partners, communities were able to enhance program delivery and sustainability. Interventions were integrated across the public and private sectors—including community settings, schools, work sites, and health care settings.

Steps communities were funded under three categories: State-Coordinated Small Cities or Rural Communities; Large Cities or Urban Communities; and Tribes or Tribal Entities.

Success Stories

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.
Individual profiles from The Steps Program in Action and other sources are listed below.

Responding to Community Needs

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Creating Healthier School Environments

Working in Health Care Settings to Improve Patient Care

Helping Work Sites Improve Employee Health

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  • Page last reviewed: November 30, 2018
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