Partners for a Healthy City: Implementing policies and environmental changes within organizations to promote health

Laura Feyerherm, Melissa Tibbits, Hongmei Wang, Sarah Schram, Mary Balluff

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Current research has suggested that obesity prevention efforts should promote policy and environmental changes. The Partners for a Healthy City project, implemented in Douglas County, Nebraska, focused on collaborating with local organizations to help them select and implement 1 or more policies that promoted healthy eating and physical activity. Of the 346 organizations participating in the project and completing the follow-up assessment, 92% implemented at least 1 new policy or expanded an existing policy related to healthy food and drink options and physical activity, totaling 952 individual policy changes. Common policies included providing water as the primary beverage and installing bike racks to support active commuting to and from work. These findings suggest widespread support for policy changes that promote community health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1165-1168
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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