The Mecklenburg County Health Department in Charlotte, North Carolina developed its own local 5 A Day plan. The goal of the plan is to get at least 22% of the county population to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. The plan focuses on access to fruits and vegetables and education about the importance of fruits and vegetables.
Ottawa County Kansas is a rural community in North Central Kansas. Starting in 2004 the agencies that offer programs in nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control developed a multi-agency, countywide plan to prevent and reduce heart disease deaths. Every year since the providers have updated that plan. The agencies involved in this effort include Extension, health department, hospital, wellness center, physicians practice, schools, and health planning commission.
In September 2002, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities commenced the Houston – Harris County Youth Nutrition and Fitness Initiative (YNFI) in Houston’s East End. Thirty-one community and academic members participated in a series of seven planning dialogues for the design and implementation of a multi-phase intervention strategy to address the public health concern surrounding kids and obesity. The result of these meetings and subsequent work is a strategic, comprehensive, community-based program for the treatment and prevention of overweight children and adolescents
The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Action Plan is the guiding document for the San Diego County Childhoold Obesity Initiative (COI), a public-private partnership focused on reducing and preventin gchildhood obestiy through policy, systems, and environmental change. The document includes case studies, which highlight the best-practice examples of how partners have put these obesity prevention strategies into practice.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan Template : Guidance on what to include in a nutrition and/or physical activity plan
Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan Template Instructions : You will need these step-by-step instructions if you use the plan template
Example Program Work Plan : See this file for ideas on how to complete the program work plan
Example Evaluation Work Plan : See this file for examples of how to complete the evaluation work plan
People work together in a number of ways, in coalitions, partnerships, committees, teams, task forces, and so on. The tools in Moving to the Future will help you no matter how your group is structured. To make Moving to the Future friendly to people working together in different ways, we use these group terms interchangeably. So, if you are working in a formal committee and Moving to the Future uses the word team, the information applies to you as well.
In Moving to the Future, the word program is defined broadly and could encompass any group of activities including projects, services, programs, and policy or environmental changes.
In Moving to the Future, we often pair the wordnutrition with the phrase physical activity, as for example in “address the nutrition and physical activity needs” or “develop a nutrition and physical activity plan.” This does not suggest that these materials are only useful to people working on community-based nutrition AND physical activity programs. You can use the Moving to the Future resources to develop a plan focused only on nutrition or a plan focused only on physical activity. Moving to the Future provides guidance on a process–not on content. In fact, these materials could be adapted and used to develop a teen pregnancy prevention plan, for example, or a plan for any other community health priority.
Moving to the Future principles Flexible and Realistic are the bywords of this approach. The intent of Moving to the Future is to provide guidance. Use what is helpful and modify materials to meet your needs. Planning and implementing community-based programs is not work that can be done perfectly. Do the best you can, given your real-world limitations, and commit to making improvements every year.