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Cross-Cutting Resources

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Guidance Documents

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s (DNPAO) Implementation Guidance and Resources for Cooperative Agreement DP-13-1305 State Public Health Actions [PDF-589KB]

This document contains guidance to help implement DNPAO-recommended Domain 2 Enhanced strategies for the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health. For each strategy and sub-strategy there are definitions, background information, suggested activities and implementation guidance. Additionally, health equity resources are provided at the end of the document. The guidance provided is not intended to be comprehensive.

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s (DNPAO) Implementation Guidance and Resources for Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-DP14-1416, Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas [PDF-986KB]

This document contains guidance to help implement recommended strategies for the Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas. For each strategy and corresponding interventions, there is background information, suggested activities and implementation guidance. The guidance provided is not intended to be comprehensive.

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Program Planning and Implementation

Sustainability Guide [PDF-2.9MB]

This Guide provides science and practice-based evidence to help public and community health professionals develop a sustainability plan and learn key sustainability approaches.

Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC)

This database of resources provides practice-based tools that support environmental improvements in communities. Resources include webinars, toolkits, guides, fact sheets, and other practical materials.

Program Highlights

These highlights focus on grantees’ efforts to implement strategies that encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and breastfeeding.

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

This online tool allows users to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity.  Searches are made on the basis of a specific location or an indicator.

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Health Equity

Health Equity Toolkit

This toolkit provides information 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 primary focus is on how to create systems and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. The accompanying website is intended as a guide for using the toolkit.

Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity

This resource helps communities address disparities by making improvements where people live, learn, work and play. It discusses skills and strategies for tobacco, healthy food and beverages, and active living

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Evaluation

Center TRT Evaluation Framework

This framework was designed to increase practitioner capacity to conduct evaluations of programs and policies targeting environmental and behavioral obesity-related outcomes. It can be adapted to any obesity prevention program or to any stage of the policy change process.

Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual

This manual helps individuals measure the core features of the built environment that affect health in their community – especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity – and the equality of those features.

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Communication Materials

Expert Panel Meeting on Communicating about Overweight/Obesity with Hispanic Audience – Summary Report (2017) [PDF-432KB]

This report summarizes discussions at a CDC expert panel on key lessons learned about communicating with Hispanic audiences about overweight and obesity.

Expert Panel Meeting on Communicating about Overweight/Obesity with African American Populations – Executive Summary (2015) [PDF-1.1MB]

This summary provides key observations and recommendations from an expert panel convened by the CDC on environmental factors that affect obesity and obesity-related communication with African American audiences.

Publication List: Evidence for Communication and Marketing in Community Health Settings [PDF-900KB]

This publication list provides many examples that can help public health practitioners better understand how communication and marketing contribute to local, state, and national community health efforts.

Community Health Multimedia Center (CHMC)

This website provides a collection of multimedia tools on various health topics that can be used to complement community health messaging and education outreach.

Communication Planning Tool [Word-51KB]

The Communication Planning Tool will help you plan paid, earned, partner, and digital/social media efforts over a 12 month period. Using this tool will help support and sustain program initiatives.

Success Story Generator

Use this online tool to develop success stories and initiatives for policymakers, public health practitioners, partners and others to promote your program efforts.

Testing Core Community Health Messages with the Public [PDF-319KB]

This executive summary of research findings details CDC’s efforts to better understand how to effectively communicate with the public about community health and relevant issues.

Making the Business Case for Prevention Video Series

Watch and share a selection of online videos that address community health and chronic disease prevention.

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