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Oct032012

Website Shows Policy Makers How Prevention Really Works

What Works for Health is a new “online searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.” Among the more than 80 healthy behavior factors are exercise and diet, and places to access physical activity. What Works for Health allows local leaders and policy makers to choose a health factor of interest (i.e. tobacco use, employment, access to health care, environmental quality, etc.) and browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address the specific health factor. 

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed this online resource, and says it is still very much a work in progress. Nonetheless, it has the potential to be a very useful tool for primary prevention advocates.

Interested health club operators can learn more about strategies that could work in their communities by visiting www.countyhealthrankings.org and clicking on a factor of interest. Also, if you have information on a successful health promotion program or initiative you ran in your club, IHRSA encourages you to contact County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

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