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Assign a rating of “0” when item is not mentioned in policy

Assign a rating of “1” when the item is weak in that it is mentioned, but:
• Will be hard to enforce because the statement is vague or unclear
• Is listed as a goal, future plan, suggestion, or recommendation.
• Words often used include: may, can, could, should, might, encourage, suggest, urge, try.

Assign a rating of “2” when the item is strong in that it is mentioned, and
• Will assure reinforcement because the statement is clear
• Is described using strong language to indicate that action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must,         have to, comply and enforce.
• The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is             clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”).

0 (language not mentioned in policy)
1 (language is mentioned but is ‘weak’)
2 (language is mentioned and is ‘strong’)

This policy includes language that states:

  1. Supports a partnership or coalition that meets annually to address physical activity or healthy eating

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  2. Supports participation in annual community events, health education and promotion activities/programs in support of physical activity or healthy eating:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  3. Supports farmers markets and community gardens:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  4. Allocates sufficient funds to support a partnership/coalition, annual community events (including health education and promotion programs), and farmers market/community garden to address physical activity or healthy eating:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  5. Supports full- or part-time staff responsible for overseeing improvements that would make healthy living more plausible help icon

    Resources

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


Community Design in Support of Healthy Living

0 (language not mentioned in policy)
1 (language is mentioned but is ‘weak’)
2 (language is mentioned and is ‘strong’)

This policy includes language which:

  1. Includes walking and biking use and safety in new and existing road developments:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  2. Includes access for people with disabilities in new and existing walking and biking routes help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  3. States new developments and street infrastructure enhancements include sidewalks, bike lanes, and recreational and/or open space help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  4. States new developments will support physical activity help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  5. Supports mixed land use help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  6. Assures new school sites are developed with walking and biking infrastructure so that the majority of the student population can walk and/or bike to school (including Safe Routes to School):

    Resources

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  7. Corrects hazards or barriers in the local area that make it hard for people to safely walk or bike from place to place help icon

    Resources

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  8. Offers sufficient funds to support safe walking and biking routes/networks (including safe routes to school) and new building developments that encourage physical activity:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


Physical Environment Related to Physical Activity

0 (language not mentioned in policy)
1 (language is mentioned but is ‘weak’)
2 (language is mentioned and is ‘strong’)

This policy includes language which:

  1. Makes public parks available, convenient and safe to people of all income levels in the community:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  2. Offers a variety of free or low cost publicly available facilities open throughout the year that allow for opportunities for physical activity help icon

    Resources

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


Physical Environment Related to Food/Nutrition

0 (language not mentioned in policy)
1 (language is mentioned but is ‘weak’)
2 (language is mentioned and is ‘strong’)

This policy includes language which:

  1. Provides availability/accessibility to healthy foods help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  2. Provides space and support for farmers markets and community gardens:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  3. Ensures that healthy food and beverage options are predominantly served and vended at government sites, libraries, parks and recreations centers:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  4. Ensures predominantly healthy foods and beverages are served at catering and events for government meetings and conferences:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  5. Provides incentives to enhance access to healthy foods: help icon

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


Public Transportation in Support of Healthy Living

0 (language not mentioned in policy)
1 (language is mentioned but is ‘weak’)
2 (language is mentioned and is ‘strong’)

This policy includes language which:

  1. Promotes a system of public transportation (buses, mass transit) is present within the community and easily accessible:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  2. Offers transportation programs to improve access to supermarkets, farmers’ markets, community gardens:

    Resources

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  3. Offers dedicated funding for a system of public transportation (buses, mass transit)

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


  4. Offers dedicated funding for transportation programs to improve access to supermarkets, farmers’ markets, community gardens:

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions

    • The organization is unable to enforce an item (e.g., teachers role modeling healthy behaviors), but the goal is clearly stated (e.g., “shall encourage teachers to role model healthy behaviors”)
    • Action or regulation is required, including: shall, will, must, have to, comply and enforce.

    Suggestions


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