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

  • Breaking the Cycle

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Alcohol use/abuse
    • Behaviour change
    • Canada
    • English
    • Female
    • Health Services
    • Healthy child development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Social Support Networks
    • Use/abuse of illegal drugs

    Breaking the Cycle (BTC) is a Toronto-based program for pregnant women and mothers of young children who are also struggling with problems related to substance abuse and recovery issues. The program also focuses on their young children (prenatal to 6 …

  • SmokeChange

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Healthy child development
    • Home
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Physical environment
    • Prenatal
    • Tobacco use

    SmokeChange is an intervention to reduce pregnant women’s exposure to smoking. A SmokeChange educator works with women and their families for up to one year to assist with making changes including smoking less, stopping smoking, and/or decreasing exposure to smoke …

  • It’s Your Move

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Diabetes
    • Health communication/social marketing
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Integrate Chronic Disease Prevention
    • Obesity Prevention
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Secondary School
    • Social environments
    • Social Support Networks
    • Teenagers/Youth (age 13-17)

    INTERVENTION This three-year intervention aimed at preventing obesity was implemented in five Australian secondary schools. “It’s Your Move” was based on a community capacity approach with multiple partners (government, local community organizations, schools), and delivered within the Victoria government’s overall …