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Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant

Tri-County Health Department's two-year, $10.5 million national grant to increase opportunities for the residents of our three counties to make healthier choices related to healthy eating and physical activity ended March 18, 2012.

The grant funds were provided across school districts, local governments, community organizations, and other partners to implement interventions leading to sustainable change.

These changes were accomplished by making sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in two settings: schools and communities.

Healthy choices related to food and physical activity are proven to lower the rates of cancer and heart disease, which are leading causes of death across the U.S.

We conducted a social marketing/media campaign to raise awareness regarding cutting back on the extra calories from sugar-sweetened beverages; advised municipalities in their city planning, zoning and transportation efforts to promote physical activity and access to healthy foods; increased signage for healthy menu items in restaurants; established community gardens to increase both physical activity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and provided funds to community partners for additional policy,systems and environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

The two-year community-wide program ran through March 18, 2012. You may view or download a copy of our final report.

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Children's Videos:
" Let's Play, Let's Grow Strong"

Let's Play, Let's Grow Strong Videos


Some of the highlights of the impacts already felt through the CPPW Initiative include:

Achieving an incredible 88% success rate for students taking the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which resulted in key data regarding our youth's health and activity choices.

Delivering a first-of-its-kind training on how to improve healthy eating and active living through the planning, zoning and land use process.

Implementing a wide variety of wellness, healthy eating and physical activity initiatives across all of our 15 school districts (serving 252,394 students!) including:
• Four Safe Routes to School Grant awards from the Colorado Department of Transportation
• Creation or enhancement of school district Wellness or Health Advisory Committees in all of our school districts

Funding for projects, including improved playgrounds, adaptive physical activity resources for disabled students, and installing bike and skateboard racks.

Improving the health and physical activity of local communities by funding projects including:
• Installation of numerous new community gardens
• Creation of bike, pedestrian and trail infrastructure
• Incentivizing grocers to provide fresh produce where access is limited

Selecting local restaurants to participate in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's SmartMeal program, where healthy meals are highlighted on their menus.

Producing and distributing 10 healthy eating and physical activity videos for children and families in English and Spanish.

Links and Fact Sheets:
Approved Strategies and Interventions
Aurora Channel 8 Interview
Built Environment & Health Handbook
CDC Website
Children's Food and Fitness Videos
Community Garden Guide
CPPW Fact Sheet
En Español / In Spanish
Final Report
Flat14ers/CBS4 Videos and Ads
Framework for a Comprehensive Plan
Grant Resources Guide
HHS Website
HIA - Health Impact Assessments
News Release- Colorado

News Release - USA
Resources List
Smart Meal Restaurant Program
Sugary Drinks Reduction Campaign
Local Smart Meal Restaurants

Active Schoolyards Materials:
Adams School District 12 (8MB)
Clyde Miller K-8 School (4MB)
Euclid Middle School - Littleton (8MB)

Grant Resources
School Application Form
Scope of Work Sample

Built Environment and Health:

Built Environment & Health Handbook
Grant Resources Guide
Community Garden Guide
Framework for a Comprehensive Plan
Land Use Planning Services
Letter of Support - Adams County Parks
Littleton Snapshot
NACCHO 2012 PowerPoint
Urban Planning Terms
Public Health Terms

Related Tri-County Pages:

A–Z Index of Topics and Services
Annual Reports

Community Health Data
Environmental Health
Land Use and Planning
Nursing Services
Nutrition Services

Community Health Profiles:
Adams County Health Profile
Arapahoe County Health Profile
Douglas County Health Profile
Regional Community Health Data

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