What Works for Health

Policies and programs that can improve health

Youth leadership programs

Provide youth with leadership and empowerment opportunities, often through social activities such as youth councils, advocacy groups, peer education, and local government youth boards

Evidence Rating:
Expert Opinion
Health Factor(s):
Family and Social Support

Youth peer mentoring

Establish an ongoing relationship between an older youth or young adult and a younger child or adolescent, usually an elementary or middle school student; also called cross-age peer mentoring

Evidence Rating:
Some Evidence
Health Factor(s):
Family and Social Support

Zoning regulations for chickens and bees

Allow residents to keep chickens and bees within city limits

Evidence Rating:
Expert Opinion
Health Factor(s):
Diet and Exercise

Zoning regulations for fast food

Limit or ban fast food outlets in areas of a city, restrict the number or density of outlets, or regulate distance between fast food outlets and other sites (e.g., schools)

Evidence Rating:
Expert Opinion
Health Factor(s):
Diet and Exercise

Zoning regulations for land use policy

Use zoning regulations to address aesthetics and safety of the physical environment, street continuity and connectivity, residential density and proximity to businesses, schools, and recreation, etc.

Evidence Rating:
Scientifically Supported
Health Factor(s):
Housing and Transit, Diet and Exercise