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

  • Travis County CATCH

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Elementary School
    • Healthy child development
    • Healthy Eating
    • Incremental Innovation
    • Obesity Prevention
    • Physical Activity
    • School Nutrition Policies [SNP]

    The Travis County CATCH intervention was created to minimize obesity in children in kindergarten through grade five. Researchers tested two versions of the CATCH program – the CATCH BasicPlus (BP), a modified version of the 2003 school-based CATCH program, and …

  • Caring School Community

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Children (age 6-12)
    • Community development and mobilization
    • Elementary School
    • Harm Reduction (re drug use)
    • Mental Health
    • Preventing Violence
    • Social environmental support
    • Social environments

    Caring School Community (CSC), formerly called the Child Development Project, is a universal elementary school (K-6) improvement program aimed at promoting positive youth development. The program is designed to create a caring school environment characterized by kind and supportive relationships …

  • The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Babies Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Citizen empowerment
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • English
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Social Relationships That Respect Diversity
    • Social Support Networks
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)
    • USA

    Baby FAST™ is a widely used, community-based, multi-family, group intervention model for young parents and their infants and toddlers (ages 0-3). The intervention strives to engage teenage mothers, enhance the mother-infant bond, increase feelings of parental efficacy, and enhance the …