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

  • Gimme 5 High School

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Health communication/social marketing
    • Healthy Eating
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • School Nutrition Policies [SNP]
    • Secondary School
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)

    The Gimme 5 high school program was a part of the National Cancer Institute’s 5-a-Day for Better Health campaign. It was a school-wide program developed to encourage and assist high school students to consume more fruits and vegetables, with the …

  • Sioux Lookout Fluoride Varnish Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Aboriginal
    • Canada
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Early childhood (age 3-5)
    • Health Services
    • Infancy (age 0-2)
    • Oral Health
    • Oral Health
    • Screening (e.g., cancer screening, hypertension screening, etc.)

    A randomized, controlled trial was conducted in the Sioux Lookout area, on 6 month to 5 year old Aboriginal children, to test the effectiveness of fluoride varnish along with oral health counseling, in reducing early childhood caries. The success of …

  • Promoting Lifetime Activity for Youth (PLAY)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Children (age 6-12)
    • Elementary School
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Physical Activity
    • Social environments
    • Social Support Networks

    PLAY is an elementary school-based intervention for children in grades 4-6 that aims to increase physical activity levels. The intervention seeks to teach children active lifestyle habits and encourage them to accumulate 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity …