Engage Your Community
The Community Healthy Living Index helps transform your community into a place where making the healthy choice is the easy choice.
Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) is a powerful tool that can help lead to dramatic changes in your community.
CHLI contains assessments for six key community settings: afterschool child care sites, early childhood programs, neighborhoods, schools, work sites, and the community at large. Each assessment contains questions about policies and practices that support healthy lifestyles; each question provides a "best practice" or improvement idea for sites to implement.
Following the completion of the assessment, the site then completes the Discussion and Improvement Planning Guide, which provides discussion prompts to guide a site's conversation to identify first steps. By participating in this process, community leaders will be able to plan for policy and environmental change strategies, identify and remove barriers, and expand opportunities for healthy living.
The CHLI assessment and improvement plan process needs to take place with the engagement of a broad set of community stakeholders. The will help you convene stakeholders and facilitate the assessment and improvement planning process. Community change work cannot be done by one organization alone, it is incumbent on local and community leaders to assess, discuss, design, and implement improvement plans.
The tools help communities assess where sites are today in terms of offering opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity, but the ultimate aim of this work is to set a course for tomorrow. CHLI is a good starting point for communities learning how to build environments that support healthy living.
We liken this process to the work of planting an apple orchard. You begin by planting seeds of change in your community and then providing appropriate care for each stage of development until harvest. The rewards are your environment's strong supports for healthy eating and active living.
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