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Explore guides and tools for improving health.

What Works for Health

Explore programs and policies that work!

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What Works for Health

Policies and programs that can improve health

Active recess

Scientifically Supported

Establish a break from the school day, typically before lunch, that involves planned, inclusive, actively supervised games or activities; also called semi-structured, or structured recess

Diet and Exercise

Activity programs for older adults

Scientifically Supported

Offer group educational, social, or physical activities that promote social interactions, regular attendance, and community involvement among older adults

Diet and Exercise  ·  Family and Social Support

Administrative license suspension/revocation laws

Scientifically Supported

Enable law enforcement officials to take an individual’s drivers license when that individual refuses or fails a chemical test such as a breathalyzer

Alcohol and Drug Use

Advocacy for victims of intimate partner violence

Some Evidence

Work to empower victims of intimate partner violence, help them with safety plans, and link them with community services (e.g., legal, housing, financial advice, emergency shelter, etc.)

Community Safety

Affordable housing tax increment financing (TIF)

Expert Opinion

Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts

Housing and Transit

Alcohol advertising restrictions

Some Evidence

Restrict the content and placement of alcohol advertisements via local ordinances, state laws, or industry self-regulation

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol excise tax

Scientifically Supported

Increase the price of alcohol via regular adjustments to taxes levied for beer, wine, and liquor purchases

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol outlet density restrictions

Scientifically Supported

Use regulatory authority to reduce density of alcohol beverage outlets (i.e., places that sell alcohol) or limit increases in the density of such outlets

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol sales restrictions

Some Evidence

Limit the days or times alcohol can be sold in bars and restaurants or in off-premise outlets such as liquor stores and convenience stores

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol screening & brief intervention

Scientifically Supported

Identify persons with harmful alcohol consumption before consequences become pronounced and motivate them to address existing or potential alcohol problems

Alcohol and Drug Use