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January 5, 2016 5:20 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: SOPHE’s Nutrition Toolkit

SOPHE logoIn September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level. Named the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention — or Partnering4Health — five organizations are working with selected chapters and affiliates to strengthen health in their communities.

A member of the Partnering4Health project, Plan4Health is collaborating with the American Heart Association (AHA), National WIC Association (NWA), Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), and Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to support 97 coalitions across the country.

Read more about SOPHE’s work to develop a nutrition toolkit:

Summary

As a partner in the National Implementation & Dissemination for Chronic Disease Project, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) created a nutrition toolkit for use by public health professionals, health educators, community-based organizations or local residents committed to improving the food environment in their communities.

The “Increasing Access to Healthy Food Community Toolkit” provides the framework for creating a successful healthy foods access plan from start to finish. The toolkit includes examples of inspiring success stories from other communities, guidance on how to first form a team, conduct a community food assessment, and establish project objectives. It also includes strategies for developing affordable transportation options to local healthy food providers.

Challenge

The sheer number and complexity of tasks required to create a local healthy eating program can be daunting. SOPHE’s nutrition toolkit is a guide to help communities work toward increasing access to healthy foods in their community.

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SOPHE’s nutrition toolkit gives step-by-step instructions applicable to public health professionals and educators, community-based organizations, and community residents passionate about improving access to healthy food and beverage options in their communities or neighborhoods.

The nutrition toolkit provides guidelines for planning interventions to improve access to healthy food and beverage options. Included are ideas for community activities, helpful tools and relevant resources, and practical insights into successful community programs.

Results

SOPHE’s nutrition toolkit will support community efforts such as:

Wichita Falls, Texas — The ¡Por Vida! restaurant recognition program helps adults and children make healthier food choices by identifying menu items that meet nutritional guidelines. ¡Por Vida! has received local television and newspaper coverage.

Richmond City, Virginia — Richmond’s Healthy District’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative is increasing community access to fresh, affordable and locally grown produce by partnering with neighborhood corner stores located in urban food deserts in Richmond, Virginia.

Sustainable Success

SOPHE’s nutrition toolkit is a resource and tool to assist communities’ efforts to improve healthy food and beverage options in their community or neighborhood. The more communities using resources like the nutrition toolkit, the better we will be able to reduce the effects of chronic illness among our citizens. SOPHE will also distribute the toolkit in the Resource Directory.

Further Reading

Wichita County’s ¡Por Vida! Initiative

SOPHE’s Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Community Toolkit

Success story content from the Society for Public Health Education.

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