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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. Healthy Communities: A Resource Guide for Delaware Municipalities
  2. Get Up and Do Something, Delaware’s campaign for active living
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 150 minute policy brief
  8. The Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention Program: The Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention (PANO) Program is in the Division’s Bureau of Health Promotion. A variety of behavioral, social, economic, and environmental factors influence our health. The PANO program uses a public health approach to addressing the role of physical activity and nutrition in improving health and preventing chronic diseases for all Delawareans.
  9. 5-2-1-ALMOST NONE Adds Up to a Healthier Life

National Resources

  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. 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.
  3. National Prevention Strategy: The National Prevention Strategy, released June 16, 2011, aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. –
  4. The Guide to Community Preventive Services: a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.
  5. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation –
  6. Recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are intended for Americans ages 2 years and over, including those at increased risk of chronic disease, and provide the basis for federal food and nutrition policy and education initiatives. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet
  7. Alliance for A Healthier Generation: works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.
  8. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works from a national to a local level to help expand opportunity to pursue the best health possible.

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. Robert Wood Johnson Report on Childhood Obesity
  3. 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.