Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Breastfed children have shown a reduced risk of overweight and obesity. Increasing awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding through policies that support breastfeeding in the workplace can increase breastfeeding practices.
Breastfed children have shown reduced risk of overweight and obesity. Efforts to increase support for breastfeeding programs have the potential to improve breastfeeding practices. Increasing awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding through enhanced support—especially hospital-based educational programs—has been successful in increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration, particularly for low-income women. Peer counseling has also been significantly associated with breastfeeding initiation over the first three months post-partum. In contrast, research has shown that providing women discharge packs with free formula has a negative impact on breastfeeding. Policies that support breastfeeding in the workplace will likely remove barriers and extend breastfeeding practices more widely.
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