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

  • Annapolis Valley Health Promoting Schools

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Canada
    • Community development and mobilization
    • Elementary School Icon
    • Healthy Eating
    • Personal health practices and coping skills
    • Physical Activity
    • Policy
    • School Nutrition Icon 1
    • Social environments

    Seven elementary and one middle school in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, participated in a 3-year comprehensive program to address risk factors for diabetes – nutrition and physical activity levels. The program followed a community development approach that facilitated partnership …

  • Group-Mediated, Behavioural Physical Activity Promotion

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Canada
    • Home
    • Individual education/skill development
    • Physical Activity
    • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities
    • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
    • Social environments

    This six-month intervention aims to increase the physical activity levels of seniors. The intervention consists of three programs: centre-based exercise; group-mediated behavioural education; and home-based exercise.

  • Baltimore Healthy Stores

    Categories associated with best practice:

    • Alternative Conception Innovation
    • Behaviour change
    • Food Security
    • Grocery Stores
    • Health communication/social marketing
    • Healthy Eating
    • Income and social status
    • Physical environmental support

    Baltimore Stores was designed to increase the availability and sales of healthy foods in corner stores located in low-income, urban neighbourhoods. To accomplish this goal, researchers aimed to overcome resistance of storeowners to new products and to create demand for …