Encourage children to spend time away from TV and other stationary screen media, often as part of a multi-faceted effort to increase physical activity and improve nutrition
Policies & Programs
Policies and programs that can improve health
filtered by "Scientifically Supported"
Implement private sector rules or public sector regulations that prohibit smoking indoors or restrict it to designated, often outdoor, areas
Coordinate state and community-level cessation and prevention interventions and provide information on the dangers of tobacco using a combination of educational, regulatory, clinical, social, and economic strategies
Strengthen laws that allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges
Provide academic instruction to students during the summer, often along with enrichment activities such as art or outdoor activities
Require fences around swimming pools
Provide sterile injection equipment and often other treatment and referral services to people who inject drugs; also called needle or syringe exchange programs and needle syringe programs
Incorporate technology into classroom instruction via computer-assisted instruction programs, computer-managed learning programs, use of interactive white boards, etc.
Deliver consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services remotely for patients who live in areas with limited access to care or would benefit from frequent monitoring; also called telehealth
Provide reminders, education, or self-management assistance for health conditions, especially chronic diseases, via text message
Reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs for cessation therapies such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and cessation counseling participation
Deliver phone-based behavioral counseling for tobacco users who want to quit with follow-up calls scheduled proactively following initial contact
Increase tobacco per unit prices through taxes at the federal, state, or local level
Modify the built environment to affect traffic speed and patterns via speed humps, pedestrian center crossing islands, roundabouts, etc.
Establish time-limited, subsidized, paid job opportunities to provide a bridge to unsubsidized employment
Place severely and chronically delinquent youth in foster families that are trained in structured behavior management and connected to TFCO program staff; formerly called Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care
Require all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear a helmet; laws are established statewide and may also include mopeds and scooters
Create financial incentives or remove financial disincentives to affect consumer choices and incentivize provision of cost efficient health care services
Arrange active transportation with a fixed route, designated stops, and pick up times when children can walk to school with adult chaperones
Use educational, environmental, and behavioral strategies to improve food choices and physical activity opportunities in worksite settings, also called workplace health programs