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Action Item #6:  Implement at least one heart-healthy policy or program in your organization.  Make healthy eating, physical activity, and smoking cessation the easiest choice in your school, neighborhood, worksite, faith-based or community organization.

Think about all the organizations to which you, your friends and your family belong.  Organizations include schools, worksites, places of worship, sports teams, neighborhood and community organizations and volunteer groups—to name just a few. Organizations can help members improve heart-healthy behaviors by making changes to policies and environments.  Experts have identified model organizational-level policies and initiatives that can help members to consume a healthier diet, get more physical activity, and avoid or quit using tobacco—which are three modifiable factors in preventing heart disease. 

The list below provides a wide range of resources for different types of organizations.  Access the tools you need to help you complete Action Item #6 by clicking on the links below.  Many of the interventions listed require a committed and sustained effort from various stakeholders within the organization, but it only takes one woman of influence to set the process in motion. 

School Policy and Program Interventions

Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition

Physical Activity

  • Organize a walk-to-school event to bring awareness to the Safe Routes to School program.
  • Advocate that schools form partnerships with communities through Joint Use Agreements to share school facilities, such as gymnasiums, field space, and exercise equipment with community residents during non-school and event hours.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

  • Find out if your school campus is 100% tobacco free.
  • Talk with the school board and administration about the importance of tobacco prevention interventions within the school system for both students and staff.
  • Contact your local tobacco control coalition to learn how to educate the school board and school administrators about the importance of tobacco prevention efforts within the school system.

Neighborhood and Community Policy and Program Interventions

Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition 

Physical Activity

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Worksite Policy and Program Interventions

Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition

Physical Activity

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Faith-Based Organization Policy and Program Interventions

Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition

Physical Activity

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

  • Include and promote the Indiana Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) in your weekly bulletin and other communication.

We want to hear about your intentions to implement an organizational-level policy to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco prevention and cessation. To share what you are doing or request additional information, contact Tanya Parrish at tparrish@isdh.in.gov.