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Resources For Professionals

“F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future” (A summary)

This report describes adult obesity rates in all 50 states along with national statistics about obesity and key recommendations for addressing the rising obesity rates.

The Community Guide

A site to help professionals choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in their community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Assessments and Tools

The Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI)

Assessments for six key community settings: afterschool childcare sites, early childhood programs, neighborhoods, schools, work sites, and the community at large.

Get Fit & Flourish: Enhanced Physical Activity Manual

This manual can be used in P.E. classes or in an after-school setting. It offers physical activity and nutrition lesson plans and includes Common Core Standards connections. Designed by the Illinois Public Health Institute.

Let’s Move Faith and Communities Toolkit

This toolkit’s full of resources and guidance on how faith-based and neighborhood organizations can initiate, expand, and coordinate activities that make their communities places of wellness for kids and families.