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Following is a list of resources for our adult allies. This list is not comprehensive, but it includes useful tools we think are helpful for individuals committed to improving the health of our communities.

Community Empowerment Tools

Community Toolbox
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers practical guidance in creating change and improvement. The Advocacy Section involves getting those with power to correct an unfair or harmful situation. This part of the Community Tool Box WorkStation helps support the work of planning an effective advocacy campaign.

Community Health and Program Services (CHAPS), Promoting Health Equity -- A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health
This workbook is for community-based organizations seeking to affect the social determinants of health through community-based participatory approaches and nontraditional partnerships. It was created to encourage and support the development of new and the expansion of existing initiatives and partnerships to address health inequities.

Food Environment Atlas
This map from the USDA allows you to look at the food environment information of your state and county. Some of the information you can see includes, but is not limited to, the access and proximity to grocery stores, availability of food stores, availability of restaurants, food prices, and socioeconomic characteristics.

Healthy Eating, Active Communities, Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments
This guide is designed to help coalitions working to build healthier communities, where people have access to healthy foods, and where being physically active can become a way of life for everyone. It is for coalition leaders and members that are new to this work, as well as those who are applying their experience to a new arena or are working with new partners. Though there are many ways to make change happen in communities, there are a number of steps that many successful projects have in common. The Roadmap explains these steps, and applies them to working to improve food and physical activity environments in five sectors. It also helps coalitions find some of the many tools and materials that are becoming available to support this work, without becoming overwhelmed by the very process of choosing tools.

Leadership for Healthy Communities, Action Strategies Toolkit
The 2011 version of the Action Strategies Toolkit contains up-to-date information on healthy eating and active living policy and program options and resources in 10 action areas. These effective, research-based policy approaches were originally identified and compiled by Leadership for Healthy Communities and the participating policy-maker organizations through a consensus–based decision–making process.

YMCA, Community Healthy Living Index
This index is a set of five community assessment tools that measure opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in areas that impact an individual’s daily life. These tools help facilitate discussion about how to improve the community environment to increase opportunities for healthy living.

Youth Voices: A Guide for Youth Expression and Action
This guide was created for people who want to develop organizational involvement by youth and/or engage youth in community action projects. It is also useful for anyone who wants to work more effectively with media technology. This Guide features an overview of each of the six phases, followed by appendices that include outlines of specific activities.
 

Parent & Caregiver Resources

Cook for Good
Cook for Good if you want to save money by cooking and eating delicious, seasonal food from scratch. You'll make a positive difference, too: for yourself, your family, and for your community and planet. Go green for $5 a day or less with mostly organic or sustainably raised ingredients. Or focus on cost to save even more! Either way, you'll probably be spending less than the food-stamp allowance for someone with no other means. You can afford to eat wonderful food that is good for you and for your planet.

I’m Cooked
I’m Cooked is a web community for video recipe sharing.
 

Organizations Addressing Community Health

African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network
The African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network is a collaboration of U.S. researchers, scholars-in-training and community-based research partners that are dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of research to address weight related health issues in African American communities. The network’s interests include research about healthful eating and physical activity, prevention of weight gain, and weight loss and maintenance. Distinctively, the network addresses these issues in the contexts of social and family interactions and other aspects of day-to-day life in African American communities.

HealthyPHILLY
Your one stop for everything Philadelphia has to offer a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the website, you will find recipes, reviews on gyms/exercise and yoga classes, information on where to go for calorie burning fun activities and much more!

Let’s Move!
The Let’s Move! campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama, combats the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that engages every sector impacting the health of children and provides schools, families, and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. Research shows that parents and caregivers are the primary influence on this age group. The We Can! national education program provides parents and caregivers with tools, fun activities, and more to help them encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time sitting in front of the screen (TV or computer) in their entire family. We Can! also offers organizations, community groups, and health professionals a centralized resource to promote a healthy weight in youth through community outreach, partnership development, and media activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations. Science-based educational programs, support materials, training opportunities, and other resources are available to support programming for youth, parents, and families in the community.
 

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