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Webinar: Aligning Communications to Promote Obesity Prevention and Treatment to Health Care Providers

This webinar will inform health care providers and other interested individuals about new approaches and opportunities to address childhood obesity in Missouri. The session offers an engaging discussion about the communication recommendations compiled by the Health Communication Research Center for MOCAN to align messages to health care providers on the value of childhood obesity prevention and treatment. For additional information and resources, see the Childhood Obesity Priority Actions site.

WorkWell Missouri Toolkit

The WorkWell Missouri Toolkit was developed to assist businesses in starting, adding to or maintaining a wellness program for their staff. Unlike other resource kits, the focus is on reducing the risk factors for chronic diseases: poor nutrition, inactivity, stress and tobacco use. This is a step-by-step guide for employers to use in assessing their workplace, identifying what types of programs to implement, implementing wellness programming and determining effectiveness. Also includes a new Accessibility Guide to promote workplace inclusivity.

Farm To School Resource Guide

Farm to School (FTS) is any activity connecting schools to local food and farms. The main goals of FTS are to serve fresh, high-quality, locally grown food in school cafeterias; to provide agriculture, health and nutrition education; and to support local and regional farmers. The resources in this guide are meant to serve as a toolkit for starting, sustaining and enhancing farm to school programs.

Livable Streets Advocacy Guide

What makes a walkable community? What tools do you need to make your town more livable? This guide can provide you with the answers and tools you need.

Livable Streets Planning Guide

The Missouri Livable Streets Design Manual was created to provide guidance and references for Missouri communities to create Livable Streets. Livable Streets is a new way of looking at transportation. Its focus is on providing transportation corridors for motor vehicles and for people on foot, in a wheelchair or on a bike.

Healthcare Provider Tool Kits

Created by MOCAN Healthcare work group members to assist healthcare professionals in caring for overweight and obese patients. These tool kits are available to download from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website:

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Additional Resources

CDC Did You Know? feature

Did You Know? is a weekly feature designed to provide public health professionals with timely, usable news and information in a quick and simple format with the goal of turning health recommendations into healthy actions/changes. Do you want public health officials and staff across your organization to have direct access to Did You Know? information from your website? If so, content syndication is for you!

Seasonal and Simple app

Seasonal and simple is a University of Missouri Extension smart phone application that is available in both IOS and Android versions. The application is FREE to download or you can find the online version at The application is based on the MU Extension publication “Seasonal and simple” which is a guide for selecting, storing and preparing Missouri produce. The online version and the app have the additional “Find It” feature which enables consumers to find farmers markets in Missouri and Nebraska.

CDC Healthy Schools website

CDC’s School Health Branch created this website to provide a number of resources and guidance tools to help teachers, parents and students create a healthier school environment.

Food and beverage choices in public service venues

Findings from a 2014 survey with Missouri local civic leaders on food/beverage options and policies in public service venues.

Healthy Bargains: Fruits and Vegetables are Nutritious and Economical

A CSPI report shows yet again that healthy food does not necessarily cost more than unhealthy options. The report compared the cost of fruits and vegetables with other commonly consumed, but less healthful, snacks and side dishes. Overall, the average price per serving of healthy fruits and vegetables was less than unhealthy options for both snacks and side dishes.

The science of obesity: What do we really know about what makes us fat? An essay by Gary Taubes

The history of obesity research is a history of two competing hypotheses. Gary Taubes argues that the wrong hypothesis won out and that it is this hypothesis, along with substandard science, that has exacerbated the obesity crisis and the related chronic diseases. If we are to make any progress, he says, we have to look again at what really makes us fat.

USDA Economic Research Service Examines Food-Away-from-Home

Americans are consuming more of their daily caloric intake away from home, primarily from table-service and fast-food restaurants. ERS economists examine factors influencing this trend as well as the nutritional quality of food prepared away from home, the effects on overweight and obesity and more.

Advancing Environmental and Policy Change to Promote Physical Activity through Multisectoral Collaborative Groups

Research brief from the Coalitions and Networks for Active Living (CANAL) study. To learn more about the ongoing CANAL study, visit the Colorado School of Public Health website.

Transportation and Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier People and Communities

Partnership for Prevention released this report in July 2011 on transportation policy options and their health effects. Policymakers at all levels of government can use the report to inform decision-making regarding transportation. One of the collaborators on this project was Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTrec) at UC Berkeley. An additional resource on this subject matter is the Urban Street Guide by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.