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 …

  • Prison Gambling Awareness & Prevention Program

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Canada
    • Education and literacy
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Personal health practices and coping skills

    The purpose of the Gambling Awareness and Prevention Project was to develop, implement and evaluate a psycho-educational gambling program for prison inmates that focused on awareness of gambling, problem gambling, cognitive distortions (reduction of thinking errors) and attitudes towards gambling. …

  • VON SMART In-home and Group Functional Fitness Programs

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Behaviour change
    • Canada
    • Community/ Neighbourhood
    • Home
    • Integrate Chronic Disease Prevention
    • Older adults (age 50-69)
    • Older adults (age 50-69)
    • Physical Activity
    • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities
    • Seniors (age 70+)

    VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) – in-home exercise services and group functional fitness classes for seniors and older adults at VON sites. The VON SMART programs were developed to expand active living opportunities for seniors.