Featured Tools, Resources & Data

New & Notable!

NewFood System Improvement Toolkit

 

Washington State Department of Health Healthy Eating Active Living Program introduces the new Growing Nourishing Food Systems Guide. This toolkit describes policies that promote a food system that supports healthy eating. more

Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

 

The toolkit is designed to help practitioners evaluate opportunities for developing an obesity prevention program. It provides best practices and resources for successful obesity prevention programs. more

 

General Resources

Tools for Assessment & Evaluation
Demonstrating the effectiveness of your nutrition or physical activity initiatives requires assessment and evaluation.

Healthy Communities/Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiatives

Community Strategies to Prevent Obesity: National Reports and Toolkits
Recommendations and toolkits from the Centers for Disease Control, Institute of Medicine and other national experts to support local level action to prevent childhood and adult obesity.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy and Legislation Databases
Searchable databases of state and local level bills and policy initiatives that aim to improve access to healthful foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and create healthy community environments.

Featured Resources by Objective

Nutrition Objective I
Increase Access to Health Promoting Foods

Access to Healthy Foods in Washington

WellSAT: Wellness School Assessment Tool
Online evaluation tool to assess the quality of school district wellness policies. Users receive personalized guidance and resources for making improvements. (Rudd Center, 2010)

Nutrition Objective 2
Reduce Food Insecurity in Washington

Food Deserts into Oases
A new Community Action Guide provides links to background and history on what constitutes a food desert and how they impact the nutrition and health of residents. The guide outlines three steps for transforming food deserts into food oases.

Nutrition Objective 3
Increase the Proportion of Mothers Who Breastfeed Their Infants and Toddlers

The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Toolkit
Free materials developed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSA to support breastfeeding friendly work environments. The kit includes booklets for business and human resource managers, an employee’s guide to breastfeeding and working, and reproducible outreach materials.

International Breastfeeding Symbol
Copyright free image provides an alternative to the baby bottle symbol that is often used to designate nursing rooms in public places.

Physical Activity Objective 1
Increase the Number of People Who have Access to Free or Low Cost Recreational Opportunities for Physical Activity

Physical Activity Objective 2
Increase the Number of Physical Activity Opportunities Available to Children

Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments Toolkit
Provides information and helpful links to help schools model healthier environments, and offers tools and resources to ensure that school environments become the standard for healthy eating and active living.

WellSAT: Wellness School Assessment Tool
Online evaluation tool to assess the quality of school district wellness policies. Users receive personalized guidance and resources for making improvements. (Rudd Center, 2010)

Physical Activity Objective 3
Increase the Number of Active Community Environments in Washington

Walk Friendly Communities Resources
The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort.

Active Living Research: Research Summaries and Briefs
Brief summaries of research about environmental factors and policies that can increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. Based on current studies in the fields of health, planning, transportation, and recreation. Example: "Active Transportation: Making the Link from Transportation to Physical Activity and Obesity"

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