Community Wellness Tools & Resources

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities (2011)
This report by PolicyLink takes a closer look at the prevalence of local "food deserts" - low-income neighborhoods where a substantial number of residents lack access to stores offering fresh, healthy foods - and ongoing strategies to attract supermarkets and grocery stores to these underserved neighborhoods. The report also explores ways to help existing grocers, farmers' markets, bodegas, cornerstores and other local food retailers expand their healthy food choices.

Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity (2010)
Published by the YEF Institute and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Leadership for Healthy Communities national program, this report features the experiences of six communities where city and school district leaders partnered in the development of community-wide wellness plans.

The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Innovations and Trends in Community Wellness (2009)
The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. This chapter highlights the broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership around promoting community wellness. 
Full report (PDF) | Community Wellness chapter (PDF)

Action Strategies Toolkit: A Guide for Local and State Leaders Working to Create Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity (2009)
This toolkit, developed by Leadership for Healthy Communities - a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program - outlines policy strategies designed to reduce childhood obesity and create healthier communities.

Action Kit for Municipal Leaders on Combating Childhood Obesity (2006)
This action kit for municipal leaders offers a broad range of strategies cities can use to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and access to healthy foods to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

Active Living and Social Equity (2005)
This guide, published by the International City/County Management Association, describes how local managers, department heads, and local government staff can design healthy communities for all residents.

Financing Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs (2004)
This guide, published by the Finance Project, highlights relevant federal funding sources and other strategies of financing childhood obesity prevention programs.