Resources

Below is a list of resources featured in Dr. Miriam Nelson’s tenth book, The Social Network Diet: Change Yourself, Change the World. This list is for your reference in creating a Change Club in your community.

Community Services Unlimited, Inc.
“A community organization working to increase access to healthy food in South Central Los Angeles.”

Complete Streets
“A movement in states, cities, and towns asking planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.”

WinterKids
A program helping kids in Maine stay active in the winter months.

Playworks, Inc.
“A national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day”

Additional Resources

Mark Fenton
Public health, transportation, engineering and planning expert Mark Fenton provides valuable resources on the built environment, employee wellness and more. Click here for his detailed resource list.

National guidelines, policy resources and toolkits for improving the community physical activity and nutrition environment

CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work provides resources to help communities address tobacco use and obesity through policy, systems, and environmental changes.

2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans outlines the federal nutrition guidelines for Americans and provides evidence-based nutrition information and advice for people age 2 and older.

Public Health Law and Policy’s Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours Toolkit

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is the Federal Government’s first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.

Smart Growth provides information and resources on planning and development issues related to creating sustainable, healthy, livable communities.

Prevention Institute synthesizes research and practice; develops prevention tools and frameworks; helps design and guide interdisciplinary partnerships; and conducts training and strategic consultation with government, foundations, and community-based organizations nationwide and internationally.

Informational and resource websites for improving the nutrition and physical activity environments for children

Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition provides resources to parents, educators and community advocates for healthy eating and active children.

Action for Healthy Kids provides programs and services to schools to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment for children and their families.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities.

California Project Lean works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases. Its efforts are centered around youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments.

Model School Wellness Policies is an initiative by the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity to provide comprehensive school wellness policies in which schools can use as a model for creating their own policies that meet, and even exceed the federal requirements for nutrition and physical activity.

National Farm to School connects schools to local farms with the objective of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

Let’s GO! is a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 Greater Portland communities. The website has resources that can be used in any community in the country.

School Nutrition Association oversees the national school lunch and breakfast program.

USDA Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

Wellness School Assessment Tool, Yale Rudd Center. By completing the Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT), users will be able to assess the quality of their school district’s wellness policy, and will be provided with personalized guidance and resources for making improvements, based on the assessment.

Let’s Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

The Healthy Out of School Time Coalition of National Institute of Out-of-School Time provides healthy out-of-school time resources.

PE4life advocates for improved fitness, social behavior, and learning readiness of children by inspiring, empowering, and educating schools and their community partners to be catalysts for change in advancing quality physical education.

Kaboom! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Its mission is to create great play spaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Kaboom’s vision is a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity identifies and promotes the most promising, evidence-based strategies to prevent childhood obesity through policy and environmental change. Here you will find a number of toolkits to help your community in its childhood obesity prevention efforts.