Nutrition

Tools and Resources for Environment & Policy

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  1. Populations

    Rural

    WIC Farmers Markets Nutrition Program
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/FMNPfaqs.htm
    The WIC Farmers Markets Nutrition program provides low-income mothers and children in the WIC program with coupons that can be redeemed at farmers’ markets.
               
    Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/SeniorFMNP/SFMNPmenu.htm
    The Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition program provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be redeemed at farmers’ markets.

    Low-income

    WIC Farmers Markets Nutrition Program
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/FMNPfaqs.htm
    The WIC Farmers Markets Nutrition program provides low-income mothers and children in the WIC program with coupons that can be redeemed at farmers’ markets.

    Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/SeniorFMNP/SFMNPmenu.htm
    The Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition program provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be redeemed at farmers’ markets.

    The Food Trust of Philadelphia
    http://www.thefoodtrust.org/
    The Food Trust's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. The Trust works to improve the health of children and adults through public policy. 

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
    SNAP enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

    Healthy Stores
    http://healthystores.org/
    Healthy Stores projects aim to improve health and prevent obesity and disease in low-income communities through store-based interventions.

    California Retail 5 A Day Program
    http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/cdic/CPNS/retail/default.htm
    The California 5 a Day Retail Program partners neighborhood stores with community health agencies to help increase the consumption and purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income Californians.

    Age

    Children and Adolescents

    Guideline for Responsible Food Marketing to Children
    http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/
    This guideline is for the food industry to promote food marketing to children in a way that does not harm a child’s health.
         
    Nutrition Explorations
    http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/index.php
    Nutrition Explorations has a set of creative ideas to make nutrition learning fun, hands-on, and interactive.

    TEAM Nutrition
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition
    Team Nutrition has developed resources that can be used by education decision-makers about the role school environments play in helping students meet the Dietary Guidelines.

    Stonyfield Yogurt, Menu for Change
    http://www.stonyfield.com/
    The Stonyfield Farm Menu for Change Program is designed to work with community groups to help schools and encourage parents to offer healthier food choices to children.

    Action for Healthy Kids
    http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
    The mission of Action for Healthy Kids is to engage diverse organizations, leaders, and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children.

    Older Adults

    Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/SeniorFMNP/SFMNPmenu.htm
    The Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition program provides low-income seniors with coupons that can be redeemed at farmers’ markets.

  2. Settings

    School-based

    Nutrition Explorations
    http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/index.php
    Nutrition Explorations has a set of creative ideas to make nutrition learning fun, hands-on, and interactive.

    TEAM Nutrition
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition
    Team Nutrition has developed resources that can be used by education decision-makers about the role school environments play in helping students meet the Dietary Guidelines

    Stonyfield Yogurt, Menu for Change
    http://www.stonyfield.com/
    The Stonyfield Farm Menu for Change Program is designed to work with community groups to help schools and encourage parents to offer healthier food choices to children.

    The Center for Health and Health care in Schools
    http://www.healthinschools.org/
    The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) website contains resources, research, model policies and more. 

    Changing the Scene: Improving the School Nutrition Environment
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/changing.html
    This guide has been designed to in developing school nutrition plans.

    Community Action to Change School Food Policy: An Organizing Kit
    http://www.mphaweb.org/resources_pubs.htm
    This website offers a toolkit for organizing community efforts to improve nutrition offered by the school food program.

    Model Local School Wellness Policies
    http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/WellnessPolicies.html
    This site offers a sample school wellness policies that can be used when forming school policies to promote good nutrition.

    Model Guidelines for Health and Wellness
    http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources
    This is a downloadable PDF file of a guideline for implementing health and wellness policies in schools.

    National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)
    http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nana.html
    This is an extensive website with model physical activity and nutrition wellness policy examples.  There are several resources and links at the end of the document that can be used for further research. 

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity
    http://www.reversechildhoodobesity.org/
    Information about childhood obesity policy.

    Healthy Youth!
    http://www.cdc.gov/Healthyyouth/healthtopics/wellness.htm
    Local wellness policy tools and resources for schools.

    Smarter Lunchrooms.org
    http://smarterlunchrooms.org/index.html
    Information and resources to improve school food service.

    Worksite-based

    Strides to a Healthier Worksite
    http://www.cdc.gov/leanworks/
    This site provides a detailed case and the process for implementing a worksite health promotion program. 

    Worksite Wellness for Tompkins County healthy snack program
    http://www.tompkins-co.org/wellness/worksite/workwell/snackbowl.html
    The healthy snack program makes healthy items, like "fruit (and snack) bowls," easily available to employees. Plus, prices are set lower than most snacks from vending machines or convenience stores.

    Community-based

    5 A Day Retail Program
    http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/cdic/CPNS/retail/retail_trade.htm
    The 5 a Day Retail Program gives community advocates tools and resources to partner with supermarkets.

    Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT)
    http://www.preventioninstitute.org/sa/enact/enact/index.htm
    ENACT offers community members ways to create positive change in promoting healthy eating. 

    Active Living By Design
    http://www.activelivingbydesign.org
    This website provides a compilation of resources available for increasing physical activity and healthy eating in communities by design changes.

  3. Implementation

    Model Local School Wellness Policies
    http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/WellnessPolicies.html
    This site offers a sample school wellness policies that can be used when forming school policies to promote good nutrition.

    Changing the Scene: Improving the School Nutrition Environment
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/changing.html
    This guide has been designed to in developing school nutrition plans.

    The Local Processes: How to Create and Implement a Local Wellness Policy
    http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/healthy/wellnesspolicy.html
    This site goes through a step-by-step explanation on creating and implementing wellness policies.

    Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT).
    http://www.preventioninstitute.org/sa/enact/members/index.php
    ENACT is a concrete menu of strategies designed to help you improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level.

    Moving to the Future
    http://www.movingtothefuture.org/
    Moving to the Future provides community assessments, a nutrition and physical activity plan, implementation, and evaluation resources for nutrition policies.

    Action Planning Handbook for States and Communities
    http://www.prevent.org/Initiatives/Action-Guides.aspx
    This action planning handbook is meant to help individuals take the first place in taking action in addressing health issues.
         
    Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (International)
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/branch-dirgen/hpfb-dgpsa/onpp-bppn/index_e.html
    The Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion works in researching, disseminating, and evaluating nutrition policies.

    The Food Trust of Philadelphia
    http://www.thefoodtrust.org/
    The Food Trust's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. Founded in 1992, the Trust works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy.  The site contains programs and initiatives (including school policy work) as well as resources and reports.

  4. Evaluation

    Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool
    http://mihealthtools.org/neat/Default.asp?tab=Home
    The Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (NEAT) is an online assessment of a community’s environment and policies related to promoting nutrition.

    Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (International)
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/branch-dirgen/hpfb-dgpsa/onpp-bppn/index_e.html
    The Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion works in researching, disseminating, and evaluating nutrition policies. Additional information is also included on the website.

    School Health Index
    http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/shi/default.aspx
    The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can
    use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

  5. Other Tools/Resources

    Center TRT Training and Research Translation
    http://centertrt.org/?p=find_interventions
    The Center TRT provides practitioners with the best available evidence on preventing and controlling obesity and other chronic diseases through the translation of interventions focusing on nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding practices.

    Recommended Strategies to Prevent Obesity
    http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/resources/recommendations.html

    Profiles
    http://www.pronutrition.org/files/Profiles%20Brochure.pdf
    Profiles is a guide for nutrition policy and advocacy on a global level. It addresses issues such as malnutrition and vitamin deficiency.

    Prevention Institute: Nutrition Policy Profiles
    http://www.preventioninstitute.org/npp.html
    The Prevention Institute provides profiles and policy recommendations on various nutrition policies.

    Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
    http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/policy_options.html#ImproveSchoolFoods
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a toolkit for improving school foods through policy changes. Model policies, fact sheets, and reports are included.

    Healthy Youth! Tools and Resources
    http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/SchoolHealth/tools_summary.htm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists resources and shows individuals how the resources may be used to implement school policies.

    State & Local Food Policy Councils
    http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/
    This site provides information on organizing a Food Policy Council for the examination of a state or local food system.

    Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care Programs
    http://www.napsacc.org
    This website offers a self-assessment tool to improve nutrition and physical activity environment, policies and practices in child care programs.

    Eat Smart, Move More…North Carolina
    http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/
    Eat Smart, Move More is a statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

    Wellness Resources
    http://dese.mo.gov/divadm/food/wellness_resource_index.html
    Resources for schools from Missouri Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education.

    Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
    http://www.yaleruddcenter.org
    Information and resources on policy.

    National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
    http://nplanonline.org/
    Resources and information on childhood obesity policy issues.


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