Prevention: A Blueprint for Action. Action Steps for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

04/01/2004

State, local, and tribal governments can play a key role in coordinating an approach to encourage healthy habits and prevent chronic diseases.  State, local and tribal governments can partner with, and provide guidance to, other organizations and entities to facilitate health promotion initiatives.  They can also act as a bridge between Federal programs and community activities providing the necessary infrastructure and support needed to maximize and coordinate efforts among stakeholders.  In addition, state, local, and tribal governments can create and implement policies that encourage healthy behaviors. 

  • Review and design policies to ensure that health promotion and disease prevention are priorities.
  • Partner with communities and other entities to create environments and implement initiatives that encourage healthy lifestyles and habits.
  • Disseminate audience-appropriate information about the importance of healthy lifestyles and avoidance of risky behaviors.  Foster a consistent age and culturally appropriate message to the public, especially high-risk groups, about the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles and practices.
  • Identify high-risk groups for targeting prevention initiatives and activities.
  • Provide guidance and support for research on the efficacy of different interventions to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions and tobacco use.

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