Prevention: A Blueprint for Action. Action Steps for Communities


Communities are the cornerstones for promoting healthy behaviors of their residents.  Partnerships within and among local private sector constituencies and stakeholders can promote and reinforce healthy habits and environments for individuals and families.

  • Engage individuals, families, policy makers, and community organizations in a process to enhance their understanding of the importance of healthy diets and regular physical activity.  Raise consumer awareness about the adverse impact of inactivity and poor diets on overall health and well-being.  Highlight community programs that support healthful food and physical activity.
  • Acting through community coalitions and partnerships, explore the creation of more community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives for individuals and families.  Empower individuals and families to manage weight and health through community programs that encourage skill-building, active parenting and behavioral management.
  • Consider providing for active lifestyles when planning and engineering community development and creating safe environments for physical activity, such as biking and walking trails, sidewalks, and playgrounds.

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