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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Diet and Exercise"

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

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

Bike & pedestrian master plans

Some Evidence

Establish a framework to increase walking and biking trails and improve connectivity of non-auto paths and trails in a particular area

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Breastfeeding promotion programs

Scientifically Supported

Engage health care professionals, lay health workers, and others to increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, and duration of breastfeeding

Diet and Exercise

Child-focused advertising restrictions for unhealthy foods & beverages

Some Evidence

Restrict child-focused advertising for unhealthy foods and beverages via bans on unhealthy food and drink ads during children’s TV programs, product placement in children’s movies, etc.

Diet and Exercise

College-based obesity prevention interventions

Insufficient Evidence

Support college-based behavioral education interventions that work towards a pattern of healthy eating and physical activity over the long-term

Diet and Exercise

Community fitness programs

Scientifically Supported

Offer exercise classes (e.g., yoga, Tai Chi, cycling, etc.) and fitness program support in community centers, senior centers, fitness, and community wellness centers

Diet and Exercise

Community gardens

Some Evidence

Establish and support land that is gardened or cultivated by community members via community land trusts, gardening education, zoning regulation changes, or service provision (e.g., water or waste disposal)

Diet and Exercise

Community kitchens for food processing

Expert Opinion

Establish shared kitchen spaces that support licensed, commercial food processing and connect specialty food processors, farmers, and others who produce value-added goods

Diet and Exercise

Community kitchens for nutrition education

Insufficient Evidence

Use shared kitchen spaces where community members share knowledge, resources, and labor to prepare, cook, and consume food, often with nutrition education for participants experiencing food insecurity

Diet and Exercise