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ChangeLab Solutions


ChangeLab Solutions
ChangeLab Solutions provides community-based solutions for America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. The solutions promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.


Plan4Health: Building Healthy Streets with ChangeLab Solutions
This webinar provides an overview of two new resources. In the Road Signs Pedcast (a “walking podcast”), you’ll hear from people on the ground who are building safe and active streets. Each episode discusses one transportation tool that promotes community health. In this first episode, learn about an approach to making existing streets safer—a road diet—with a story from Oakland, California. A Guide to Building Healthy Streets can help you turn a Complete Streets policy into action! This resource discusses five key steps for effective Complete Streets implementation, highlighting the unique role public health staff can play during each step.


ChangeLabs Solutions – PSE 101: A webinar on Building Healthier Communities Through Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change
This webinar provides an introduction to best practices for how health advocates can implement PSE approaches.


Putting Health on the Shelf: Partnering with Small Stores to Improve the Retail Environment
Small store interventions can improve the retail environment, making it easier for community members to access healthy food options. This webinar will introduce listeners to healthy food retail, provide an overview of a healthy retail certification program, share best practices for engaging store owners, and highlight ideas for potential partnerships.

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Increasing Physical Activity: Shared Use and Safe Routes to School
Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are shared use and safe routes to school (SRTS). Children and youth can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. This webinar identifies what shared use and SRTS programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.

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Model Health Checkout Aisle Ordinance
This model ordinance requires all retail stores to provide healthy checkout aisles for consumers. It offers communities two options for determining what foods may be sold in checkout aisles: One option is to provide a specific list of foods that may be available in checkout lanes; the other provides nutrition-based criteria for determining what foods and beverages may be available. This versatile resource provides both model policy language and relevant findings. It can be tailored for use by city, county, or state governments or by corporations.

The Power of Policy: Commit to a Healthier, More Equitable Future
This comprehensive toolkit is intended for anyone interested in building healthier communities through more collaborative and efficient policymaking, and includes best practices and lessons learned from community leaders who are doing exactly that.

Marketing Matters: A White Paper on Strategies to Reduce Unhealthy Food and Beverage Marketing to Young Children
ChangeLab Solutions, through a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and funding from First 5 Los Angeles, developed Marketing Matters: A White Paper on Strategies to Reduce Unhealthy Food Marketing to Young Children to help local jurisdictions understand how they can regulate the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to kids, particularly those under age five. This comprehensive toolkit includes several resources that describe the issue, provide important legal background, and review the policy options.

Fair Play: Advancing Equity Through Shared Use
This fact sheet can help public health advocates and shared use practitioners increase opportunities for physical activity in the neighborhoods that need those opportunities most. It provides tips and strategies for developing shared use with an equity focus.

Model Open Use Policy for School Districts
School districts can use this model policy language and the companion checklist to formalize community access to district recreational facilities without a partner organization or agency.

Shared Use Resources from ChangeLab Solutions
ChangeLab Solutions believes that shared use is a winning strategy because it maximizes the use of public resources to benefit the community as a whole. They have a variety of resources and publications available.

Shared Use Agreements & Tribal Nations
This fact sheet provides Tribal Nations and their partners with an introduction to the legal issues they must consider when implementing shared use in or near Indian Country. This resource can help Tribal Nations increase opportunities for both physical activity and cultural learning.


Rural Community Profiles: Stories About Improving Nutrition, Increasing Physical Activity, and Making Schools Healthier
ChangeLab Solutions has compiled stories and created three easy-to-use handouts that focus on nutrition, physical activity, and schools. Each handout highlights three stories from rural communities that have used local assets to promote health, and contains a list of strategies that other communities can use. Rural residents can share these handouts with community coalitions as inspiration or decision-makers to make the case for new projects.

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Seeding the City: Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture
Urban agriculture” refers to a wide range of activities involving the raising, cultivation, processing, marketing, and distribution of food in urban areas. Communities around the country are looking to promote healthier eating by encouraging urban agriculture, especially through backyard gardens, community gardens, and urban farms. This toolkit provides a framework and model language for land use policies that local policymakers can tailor to promote and sustain urban agriculture in their communities.

Healthy Food at Schools
This training provides an overview of how policy, systems and environmental (PSE) strategies can improve the food landscape on campus, including strategies for ensuring healthy beverages in school vending machines, increasing access to fresh drinking water, restricting non-nutritious food and beverage advertising on school grounds, and establishing a “healthy food zone” in school neighborhoods.

Healthy Vending for Municipalities
Our guide Making Change explores different options for municipalities looking to develop a healthy vending policy to improve the food environment for people working for, visiting, and being served by local government agencies.

Healthy Retail: A Set of Tools for Policy and Partnership

  • Playbook
    This resource and the companion policy poster present innovative strategies in tobacco control, nutrition, and excessive alcohol use prevention in order to
 create a retail environment where it is easier to make healthy choices than unhealthy ones.
  • Conversation Starters
    This set of 4 one-pagers introduces the rationale behind and benefits of a comprehensive approach to the retail environment. Use the sample talking points in each of the conversation starters to identify shared goals and make the case for collaboration.
  • Collaboration Workbook
    This step-by-step guide discusses strategies for forming 
a partnership among tobacco control, nutrition, and excessive alcohol use prevention programs.

ChangeLab Solutions: Library of Healthy Retail Resources
This new online library brings together all our healthy retail resources, including tools for regulating tobacco, providing produce, and addressing alcohol.