Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy is a comprehensive, community-based program that allows communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods by working with a small food retailer. Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy will guide any community through a unique approach that involves engaging small food retailers and community members, and thus addresses supply and demand at the same time. To download toolkits, view webinars and supporting materials or for more information visit http://extension.missouri.edu/stockhealthy/home.aspx. For additional information about opportunities for healthy retail projects, contact Pat Simmons at email@example.com.
Eat Smart in Parks is a statewide effort aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state and local parks. This effort includes the development of a model Eat Smart in Parks policy that guides parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines and materials to promote healthier items. Download the resource materials.
The Missouri Live Well Restaurants Program encourages restaurants to serve at least 2 meals that meet specific nutrition criteria in an effort to make healthier food more accessible for Missourians. For more information visit Live Well Missouri.
The Missouri "Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program" is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition to educate employers on the value of providing lactation support in the workplace and to recognize businesses that support their breastfeeding employees. Find more information about becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite. Free printed materials are available.
The department has been involved in promoting Complete Streets and Livable Streets policies across Missouri for several years. Information and resources are available at the Missouri Livable Streets web site. Complete streets are streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access along and across the street for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The initiative provides technical assistance and resources to Missouri’s communities to help them adopt and/or implement complete street policies.
Recently the Department funded a study that interviewed key stakeholders in Missouri communities that have adopted Complete/Livable Streets policies. The report describes why communities work to pass these policies, what the policies do for communities, and the state can work to make Complete Streets policies in Missouri more effective.
The department provides resources to employers on developing and planning a wellness program. The WorkWell Missouri Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for developing a well-organized worksite wellness program. There are sample challenges and tools on the Worksite Wellness page.
Chronic Disease Primary Prevention Program
The Chronic Disease Primary Prevention (CDPP) Program assists local public health agencies (LPHAs) with building the capacity to prevent chronic disease. LPHAs are funded to make policy and environmental changes to reduce three primary risk factors for developing chronic diseases: tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. Counties have been successful in creating walking trails, building community gardens, establishing farmers markets and improving the school nutrition environment, among other successes.
The Live Well Message Alliance has developed a public awareness campaign urging Missourians to “Live Like Your Life Depends On It.” Educational materials are available to download.
Playground stencils are available to schools, childcare facilities, parks, etc. to paint hopscotch or similiar games to encourage children's physical activity. The stencils are loaned throughout the state.