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Local governments are essential and important providers of services and programs that promote health and build community. Find resources geared to local agencies looking to reinforce the wide array of services they are already providing to support health, education, parks and recreation, and opens spaces.

 

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Dig, Eat and Be Healthy
ChangeLab Solutions, 2013

“Dig, Eat & Be Healthy” is a guide that helps community groups and public agencies understand the opportunities to grow food on public properties- from vacant fields, school yards, rights-of-way and even rooftops of public buildings. 

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Understanding Nutrition: A Primer on Programs & Policies in California, 2nd Edition
California Center for Research on Women & Families, 2011

An orientation for policymakers to the federal and state agencies, programs and laws established to address nutrition-related issues, including obesity, hunger, diet and physical activity.

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Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours
ChangeLab Solutions, 2010

This toolkit helps California communities and school districts work together to develop joint use agreements to increase physical activity.  The toolkit offers lessons learned, guidelines and templates for communities seeking to increase access to recreational facilities and can be downloaded from ChangeLab’s website.

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JointUse.org

The Joint Use Task Force website provides a resource hub to highlight success stories, promote lessons learned, and provide resources to support initiatives that include joint use as a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Schools and Local Government Collaborations
Local Government Commission & City, County Schools Partnership, 2007

This short document presents how schools and local governments can successfully partner to improve health by collaborating on wellness policy implementation, Safe Routes to School programs, and joint-use agreements for before- and after-school programs.

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Community Health and Food Access: The Local Government Role
ICMA, 2006

This guide provides an overview of strategies and approaches that cities and counties can use to improve access to healthy foods, as well as case studies that examine success stories of community gardens, farmers’ markets, food policy councils, and programs for children. Download the report from the ICMA.

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Active Living for a Lifetime: County and City Healthy Communities Profiles
National Association of Counties & US Conference of Mayors, 2005

Produced by National Association of Counties (NACO) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, this report showcases seven communities and highlights practical steps county officials and mayors can use in partnership with the private sector, health practitioners, and community groups to help residents of all ages live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

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