I <3 evidence based public health practice!
“Circulation” just printed a massive article critiquing public health approaches to promoting smoking cessation, improving eating habits, and encouraging physical activity.
The research team graded 43 public health interventions based on the available evidence for their impact on participants’ knowledge, attitudes, risk factors, and health outcomes, doling out school grades of “A”, “B”, or “C”.
Researchers evaluated studies published between 1985 and 2012 in six areas: media and educational campaigns; labeling and consumer information; taxation, subsidies, and other economic incentives; school and workplace approaches; local environmental changes; and direct restrictions and mandates.
Someone needs make a health infographic to translate all this awesome knowledge! Maybe a “best practices” series… I’ll stop now.