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New and Updated Strategies from What Works for Health

Our What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your community. On June 5, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the eleven strategies below:

  • Activity programs for older adults: offer group educational, social, creative, musical, or physical activities that promote social interactions, regular attendance, and community involvement among older adults.
  • Administrative license suspension/revocation laws: enable law enforcement to immediately take the license of a driver who fails or refuses to take a chemical test for alcohol.
  • Alternative fuels initiatives: support alternative fuel and vehicle use via financial incentives (e.g., tax benefits, rebates, etc.), mandates (e.g., consumption targets or renewable fuel standards), research and development investments, etc.
  • Crisis lines: provide free and confidential counseling and service referrals via telephone-based conversation, web-based chat, or text message to individuals in crisis, particularly those with severe mental health concerns.
  • Extracurricular activities for physical activity: provide chances for kids and adolescents to be active and play sports at various skill levels via structured or unstructured after and before school athletic activities. 
  • Faith community nursing: position registered nurses within a parish or similar faith community, or in a health care system to serve as a liaison to congregations; also called parish nursing or congregational nursing.
  • Financial rewards for employee healthy behavior: offer payments, credits toward health insurance premiums, or other financial rewards to encourage employees to lose weight, eat more healthily, quit smoking, engage in physical activity, etc.
  • Homework or extra credit for PE class: assign homework or extra credit activities for physical education (PE) or health classes that require students to be physically active outside of school.
  • Mass media campaigns for physical activity: provide messages that support physical activity to large and broad audiences using television, social media, radio, billboards, newspapers, and other print media.
  • Paid sick leave laws: require employers in an affected jurisdiction to provide paid time off for employees to use when ill or injured.
  • Zoning regulations for fast food: limit or ban fast food outlets in areas of the city, restrict the number or density of outlets, or regulate distance between fast food outlets and other sites (e.g., schools).

Make sure to check out these policies and programs that work!

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