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Fifty Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Accelerating Chronic Disease Prevention Through Policy

Thursday, March 8, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Bunnell R, O'Neil D, Soler R, Payne R, Giles WH, Collins J, Bauer U; Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program Group. J Community Health. 2012 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print].
In 2010, CDC funded 50 communities to implement policy, systems, and environmental interventions in a 2-year initiative designed to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and second-hand smoke exposure. The average population reach for obesity-prevention interventions was 35%, with 26% of the interventions covering over 50% of the communities' populations. Average reach for tobacco prevention programs was 67% with 84% of interventions covering more than 50% of the communities’ populations. The authors conclude that tobacco interventions appeared to have higher potential population reach than obesity interventions within this initiative.

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