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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Educators"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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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

Adult vocational training

Scientifically Supported

Support acquisition of job-specific skills through education, certification programs, or on-the-job training, often with personal development resources and other supports


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 brief interventions

Scientifically Supported

Provide information and increase motivation to change or prevent problematic alcohol consumption in a short session; also called alcohol screening & brief intervention

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alternative high schools for at-risk students

Scientifically Supported

Provide educational and social services in an alternative setting for students at-risk of dropping out of traditional high schools


Attendance interventions for chronically absent students

Scientifically Supported

Support interventions that provide chronically absent students with resources to improve self-esteem, social skills, etc. and address familial and school-related factors that can contribute to poor attendance


Behavioral interventions to prevent HIV and other STIs

Scientifically Supported

Use individual, group, and community-level interventions to provide education, support, and training that can affect social norms about HIV and other STIs

Sexual Activity

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Some Evidence

Match disadvantaged or at-risk youth with volunteer mentors in school or community settings

Community Safety  ·  Education

Bridge programs for hard-to-employ adults

Expert Opinion

Provide basic skills (e.g., reading, math, writing, English language, or soft skills) and industry-specific training with other supports; often incorporated in career pathway programs

Education  ·  Employment

Campus alcohol bans

Insufficient Evidence

Restrict alcohol consumption anywhere on a college or university campus or ban alcohol only in specific areas (e.g., residence halls)

Alcohol and Drug Use