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The Best Practices Section of the Portal is a searchable list of chronic disease prevention and health promotion interventions which provides program planners and public health practitioners with easy and immediate access to successful public health programs, interventions and policies that have been evaluated and have the potential to be adapted and used.

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PeaceBuilders

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…in eight elementary schools in Arizona over three years. Several smaller scale evaluations have also been conducted in different settings (primarily with students in K-6). This research has generally shown that in elementary schools, PeaceBuilders decreased visits to the school nurse, fights, injuries, accidents, vandalism, absenteeism of students and teachers, and aggression, and increased prosocial behaviours, social competence, academic…

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Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

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The curriculum guide provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers.

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The Incredible Years

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…ich are risk factors for developing substance abuse problems, becoming involved with deviant peer groups, dropping out of school, and engaging in delinquency and violence. The Incredible Years curricula may be implemented by schools, school districts, and related programs (including Head Start, day care, and kindergarten) as early prevention programs for teachers, parents and children. Additionally, the child and parent programs may be used in…

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MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!) Program – MEND 7-13

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…fitness and psychosocial measurements. The impacts of the MEND Program have been evaluated in a number of studies, including studies employing randomized controlled designs. MEND has been found to positively impact physical health and physical health behaviours, including improved Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference, cardiovascular fitness, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. Some studies have also found that MEND results in…

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SNAP® (Stop Now And Plan) Model Programs

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…s. For girls that have completed the SNAP Girl’s group, there is also a manualized mother-daughter group called Girls Growing Up Healthy (GGUH; core component for girls) that focuses on enhancing relationship capacity, healthy relationships, and physical and sexual health. Also, there is a SNAP Youth Leadership Club – a component offered in both the boys’ and girls’ programs for youth who have completed the core components of the SNAP…

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Nurse-Family Partnership

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…, and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. NFP was founded on concepts of human ecology, self-efficacy, and human attachment. Its program activities are designed to link families with needed health and human services, promote good decision-making about personal development, assist families in making healthy choices during pregnancy and providing proper care to their children, and help women build supportive…

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I Can Problem Solve (ICPS)

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…consequences of one’s actions, and thinking for oneself. A companion ICPS program for parents is also available. ICPS consists of three age-specific programs: preschool (containing 59 lessons), kindergarten and primary school (83 lessons), and intermediate elementary school (77 lessons). ICPS lessons are 20 minutes in duration and taught three to five times per week over the course of the academic year. In addition to the lessons, ICPS…

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Youth Fit for Life

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Youth Fit For Life is a 12-week after-school physical activity program for children aged 5-12 years who are already enrolled in some form of after-school care. The program is administered by trained after-school counselors with little or no prior experiment delivering physical education. Youth Fit For Life meets three times per week for 45-minute sessions that include physical resistance training and cardiovascular exercise in the form of…

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Good Behavior Game

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…ng unpredictable, with delayed reinforcement so that children learn that good behaviour is expected at all times and in all places. GBG was tested in first- and second-grade classrooms in Baltimore beginning in the 1985–1986 school year. Follow-up at ages 19–21 found significantly lower rates of drug and alcohol use disorders, regular smoking, antisocial personality disorder, delinquency and incarceration for violent crimes, suicide ideation,…

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WITS Primary Program

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The WITS Primary Program brings together schools, families, children, and ommunities to prevent bullying and peer victimization. The program aims to create responsive environments that support schools, classrooms, communities and families in creating safe and happy places for children to learn and grow. The WITS Program, directed at children in Kindergarten to Grade 3, encourages children to make safe and positive choices when faced with peer…

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