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CDC Compiles Community Health Resources

Caitlin Cobb is a Communications Consultant for Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and a regular contributor to the Thriving Schools blog.
caitlin.cobb@kp.org

Online Resource Center provides a wealth of useful resources to benefit communities

You want to be a wellness champion, but you need a few good tools in your tool belt, right?

Promoting healthy lifestyles in schools and communities can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there are a multitude of resources out there that can help with the process. The tricky part is finding the resources that are most relevant to your individual community.

Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Community Health announced the launch of the Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC), a robust, searchable database with various resources available to help communities advance changes to prevent disease and promote healthy living. And there are plenty of goodies in there for schools and school wellness champions to take advantage of.

Tools in the CHORC include webinars, model policies, toolkits, guides, fact sheets and other practical materials. You can search the resource center by keyword, author or time frame of publication, making it easier to find the resources that fit your needs. Among the resources relevant to schools are fact sheets and model language for water access in schools, nutrition standards for foods in schools and infographics about the benefits of physical activity.

Check out what other useful tools the CHORC has at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/online-resource/index.htm

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