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Planning Interventions

A wide range of tools and resources have been created to guide communities through the process of implementing evidence-based interventions. Some of these specifically address the issue of planning to prevent and address obesity. A collection of high-quality resources is provided in the table below.

Table 5-2: Resources to Guide Planning for Interventions Addressing Obesity and Its Risk Factors
Source/What it Is Strengths and Limitations
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T
Provides easy access to resources that can facilitate the transfer of evidence-based research findings into practice. Provides access to data and resources that can help planners, program staff, and researchers to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based cancer control programs, including those addressing population-based approaches.
Strengths
  • Includes detailed information for planning interventions to address diet/nutrition and physical activity
  • Assists in identifying regional partners
  • Provides direct linkages to research-tested programs
Limitations
  • Not necessarily tailored to needs of rural areas
Let’s Move! Toolkit for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
Designed to help faith-based and neighborhood organizations transform neighborhoods, engage communities, and promote healthy choices.
Strengths
  • Offers specific strategies and resources that faith-based institutions can use to prevent and address obesity in their communities
  • Faith-based institutions play a vital role in meeting the needs of rural communities
Limitations
  • This toolkit is not specifically tailored to the needs of rural areas
Preventing Childhood Obesity: A School Health Policy Guide
Collections of information, tools, and recommendations for addressing issues pertaining to childhood obesity prevention. Designed for multiple audiences.
Strengths
  • Presents resources and ideas for action strategies that are supported by evidence
Limitations
  • The toolkits offer guidance on processes for effective interventions, rather than on which practices to implement
Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-based Resources to Manage Obesity: A Bridge-building Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices
This toolkit is designed to help rural primary care practices create linkages that connect patients to community-based resources that can help them maintain or achieve a healthy weight.
Strengths
  • Toolkit is designed for rural settings
  • Establishes five task-oriented steps to guide you through the development of your own program, and includes templates for all materials
Limitations
  • Toolkit method stresses that healthcare clinic must have strong, preexisting connections with and investment in the community
Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities
This report provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives and healthcare.
Strengths
  • Includes scientific research supporting process and includes policy recommendations
  • Toolkit is designed for rural settings
Limitations
  • Toolkit focuses on recommended programs and practices, but does not detail how to implement these practices