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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Strong Seniors (Reno, KS)

Local

Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The goal of the program is to promote health and prevent injury among seniors through a series of community-based strength training classes.

WIC Community Garden (Johnson County, KS)

Local

Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Children, Women, Families

Goal: The goal of the WIC Community Garden is to educate, empower and feed the families in the Kansas WIC program, creating a healthier community.

Impact: In a three-month period, 356.8 pounds of fresh vegetables were given to WIC families.

'Switch-Play' (Melbourne, Australia)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Urban

Goal: The primary goal of the ‘Switch-Play’ promising practice was to develop and test three approaches towards the achievement of healthy weight maintenance among 10-year-old children: (1) through reducing the time spent in sedentary behaviors (e.g. TV viewing, playing electronic games and recreational computer use); (2) through increasing skills and enjoyment of physical activity; or (3) through a combination of these two strategies.

A Matter of Balance (Portland, ME)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The Matter of Balance/Volunteer Lay Leader (MOB/VLL) program is designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve the activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The goal of the program is to use volunteer lay leaders as facilitators, in order to make the program affordable to offer in the community setting.

A Text Message-Based Intervention for Weight Loss (San Diego County, CA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Adults

Goal: To reduce weight in overweight and obese patients using mobile-based text and multimedia messaging.

Active Choices (San Francisco)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging

Goal: The goal of this promising practice is to increase physical activity in a diverse older adult population.

Activity Bursts in the Classroom (ABC) Fitness Program (Independence, MO)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Children

Goal: The project aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and reverse the trend of obesity among students and their families.

Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives (ATHENA) (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Teens

Goal: The mission of the ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives) program is to promote healthy sports nutrition and discourage the use of body-enhancing substances among middle and high school female athletes.

Be Active Kids® (North Carolina)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children

Goal: The goal of the Be Active Kids program is to promote healthy lifestyles and good healthy by giving young children the tools they need to develop positive physical activity and nutrition habits.