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Established in 1996, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) releases evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventive services, programs and interventions with the goal of improving the health of our communities and our country. Available at The Community Guide, the most recent findings explore interventions to increase active travel to school.
As we enter the new year, health and wellness is top of mind, and physical activity among children continues to be a priority. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6 to 17 participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
CPSTF conducted a systematic review of 52 studies, finding active travel interventions to be effective regardless of the component or combinations of components selected and implemented. In addition, the proportion of students who walked or bicycled to school increased by a median of 5.9 percentage points in 26 studies due to the interventions recommended.
The Community Guide in Action is featuring stories from health care providers across the U.S. who have used CPSTF guidelines to make their patients safer and healthier. Explore stories on a variety of topics, from health communication to obesity, and from a variety of settings, such as health systems, schools or the workplace.
As an example, cancer is one of the most common chronic diseases in the state of New York, with more than 100,000 New Yorkers diagnosed each year. The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control sought to address this issue and identified cancer prevention as a priority. Staff members used CPSTF guidelines from The Community Guide to describe evidence-based strategies and recommendations to increase cancer screenings in a variety of interventions, including client reminders, small media, mass media and programs to reduce structural barriers.
Have you used recommendations from The Community Guide to shape health promotion or interventions in your community? Submit your story to CPSTF!
To apply, answer The Community Guide in Action’s questions, include your contact information and email TCGinAction@cdc.gov. If your story has potential, you will be contacted within three weeks of submission for more information.
AANP would also love to hear from you about the use of CPSTF guidelines and recommendations in your practice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your story!