General Resources

General Resources

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Delaware Coalition HEAL recommends the following resources for more information about obesity, leading risk factors, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.

State of Delaware Resources

  1. State Plan Index: A Tool for Assessing the Quality of State Public Health Plans
  2. Delaware Health Education Network of Delaware
  3. Healthy Communities: A Resource Guide for Delaware Municipalities
  4. Get Up and Do Something, Delaware’s campaign for active living
  5. Lt. Governor’s Health Challenge
  6. Delaware Department of Education, Content Standards for Physical Education and Health Education
  7. Delaware Department of Education, Partners for Health, Physical Activity and Learning; This PowerPoint slide show describes efforts by DOE to improve student performance by improving nutrition and physical activity in the schools.
  8. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risks in Delaware:  2007-2008.   Document Control #35-05-20/09/07/12.  The most recent data on Delaware adult risk factors includes prevalence of obesity, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and other key risk factors.  Data are from the Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, an ongoing, random-sample telephone survey of adults.
  9. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, The Burden of Diabetes in Delaware, 2009.  Doc. #35-05-20/09/03/01. This report describes the physical and economic burden of diabetes in Delaware, and includes information about prevalence of risk factors and the relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  10. Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health BRFSS 2011 Behavioral Data for Delaware Presentation
  11. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks and Recreation, Delaware Outdoors 2009-2011:  Delaware State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.  Dover, DNREC Park Resource Office, 2009. DNREC’s strategic plan for parks and recreation also includes data from of survey of Delaware residents about outdoor recreation.  This is a good source of data about recreational physical activity and resources in the state.
  12. Delaware Department of Transportation, Complete Streets Policy
    “Complete Streets” are roadways designed to enable safe access for all types of users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transit.  Complete streets policies promote more active lifestyles.  Gov. Markell issued an Executive Order #6 in 2009 creating a complete streets policy.
  13. Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Safe Routes To School Program Sourcebook.   June 2006.
    Provides guidelines for schools to apply for Safe Routes to School funding.  Providing safer routes to schools can encourage more walking and bicycling to school, as well as safer access to school facilities.
  14. Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware,Healthy Communities:  A Resource Guide for Delaware Municipalities, Newark, DE:  UD IPA, funded by Division of Public Health, 2008.  This guidebook, funded by the Division of Public Health’s “Get Up and Do Something” campaign, is designed to help Delaware communities improve their walkability.
  15. 150 minute policy brief

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  1. State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2009.   Available on the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® government website. Report on fruit and vegetable consumption in the United States, including state by state tables and maps.
  2. State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010.  Report of progress toward national goals of improving physical activity, and implementing policies and environmental changes in support of increased physical activity.
  3. Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), July 24, 2009, Vol. 58, No. RR-7. Reversing the U.S. obesity epidemic requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach.  This publication provides recommended strategies, based on the best research to date.
  4. Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States:  Implementation and Measurement Guide. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2009.
    Companion guide to previous document, with information about how to implement and evaluate the Recommended Community Strategies.
  5. Achieving Healthy Weight by Reducing Obesity and Improving Well-being for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course examines a number of challenges and barriers to weight management specific to people with disabilities, and explores opportunities to enhance research, programs, education, and tools. Specifically, the report recognizes the need for publicly funded programs to include people with disabilities in mainstream, and sometimes targeted, health programs and health services that help reduce obesity.  Additional information and tools are also available.

DE HEAL Coalition Reports

  1. Delaware Coalition to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living,Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Comprehensive Plan, Delaware 2010-2014.   September 2009. The 2009 strategic plan was developed by a reformulated coalition, with more than 120 members.  It is a follow-up plan to the Blueprint for a Healthier Delaware mentioned above, and will guide the coalition through 2014.
  2. DE HEAL 2012 Annual Meeting Presentation
  3. DE HEAL Worksite Wellness Initiative 10.18.2012

Health Impact Assessment Resources

  1. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed a number of resources on comprehensive planning and health. Of most interest may be the Healthy Planning Training and the Minnesota Healthy Planning How-To Guide
  2. Design for Health also has done significant work related to comprehensive planning and view their checklists and research.
  3. The Healthy Development Measurement Tool is an innovative HIA resource developed in the San Francisco area
  4. Additional MDH HIA reports can be found here.
  5. The Healthy Corridor for All  and ENCHIA HIAs (case studies referenced during the Delaware HIA trainings).

Other Resources

  1. Trust for America’s Health, F as in Fat:  How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America, 2010.  Washington, DC:  Trust for America’s Health, 2010.
    An annual report from the Trust for America’s Health, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which reports on the progress of efforts in the U.S. to reduce obesity.
  2. White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Report to the President:  Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. May 2010.  Recommendations of this new task force have formed the foundation for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.  It focuses on empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy foods in schools, improving access to healthy affordable foods, and increasing physical activity.
  3. Robert Wood Johnson Report on Childhood Obesity
  4. Delaware Fitness Gram Report and  the Fitnessgram Executive Summary – This report represents the only state-wide fitness report in which the data represents comparisons of how each individual student scored on a criterion referenced validated fitness assessment compared to how that student did on a state test used for NCLB accountability. Additionally, this analysis also compares performance on the fitness test to days of school attended and to suspensions from school. Nearly 41,000 students participated in this study.