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

  • SLÍ NA SLÁINTE/Paths to Health

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Community development and mobilization
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Physical environmental support
    • Physical environment

    The Slí na Sláinte or ‘paths to health’ initiative was developed by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) in association with Irish Sports Council and Local Sports Partnerships. Bright signposts mark walking routes at kilometre intervals. Along with walking routes, the …

  • Lifestyle Education for Activity Program (LEAP)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Individual education/skill development
    • Physical Activity
    • Physical environmental support
    • Secondary School
    • Social environmental support
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)

    LEAP is a comprehensive school based intervention on physical activity for high school girls. Grounded in social cognitive theory, it involves changes to physical and health education instructional practices and the school environment. Six components of coordinated school health are …

  • School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP)

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Alcohol use/abuse
    • Behaviour change
    • Elementary School
    • Harm Reduction (re drug use)
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Preventing Violence
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)

    The School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) intervention targets students aged 13-14 in 14 schools in Perth, Australia. It adopts a harm minimisation approach by providing three phases of alcohol harm reduction lessons during secondary school and aiming …