Best Practices

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.

Featured Best Practices

  • Group-Mediated, Behavioural Physical Activity Promotion

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Canada
    • Home
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Older adults (age 50-69)
    • Physical Activity
    • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities
    • Social environments

    This six-month intervention aims to increase the physical activity levels of seniors. The intervention consists of three programs: centre-based exercise; group-mediated behavioural education; and home-based exercise.

  • PROSPECT – Prevention of Suicide in Primary Care Elderly: Collaborative Trial

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Health Care Setting
    • Home
    • Mental Illness
    • Older adults (age 50-69)
    • Older adults (age 50-69)
    • Preventing Violence
    • Seniors (age 70+)

    The PROSPECT intervention was a community-based primary care initiative that aimed to reduce suicide risk in older, depressed people by focusing on physician education and patient adherence behaviours. The premise of PROSPECT was that the most effective approach to deterring …

  • Families and Schools Together (F&ST)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Alcohol use/abuse
    • Children (age 6-12)
    • Community development and mobilization
    • Healthy child development
    • Mental Health
    • Social environmental support
    • Social Support Networks
    • Use/abuse of illegal drugs

    Families & Schools Together (F&ST, pronounced FAST) is a group-based family program that strengthens the parent–child bond, family functioning and family social networks and thus reduces children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. The program has a general and a targeted approach: …