City, Town, & Municipality benchmarks

Nutrition Benchmarks - Fruit, Vegetable, and Water Consumption

Policy

These benchmarks address written policies, procedures, and ordinances. County-wide policies are applicable.

  • At least one city policy for reduced tax rates or fees for businesses selling fruit and vegetables.
  • At least one city office that has healthy food and sugar-sweetened beverage policies that include at least 3 of the following; catered events, meetings, onsite food services, and vending.
  • At least one school policy for healthier options at concession stands with city jurisdiction.
  • At least one school policy restricting sugar-sweetened beverages on school property before or after school is in session within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one school policy regarding healthy food celebrations within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one city policy for use of public land for community gardens.
  • Policies to support breastfeeding at all city government offices.
  • At least one clinic or health system that has Baby-Friendly Policies (Breastfeeding.) within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one city policy for reduced tax rates for businesses using local farmers.
  • At least one city policy that facilitates the use of SNAP/EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers at farmers markets.

Environmental

These benchmarks address basic facilities, resources, and changes to the environment

  • At least one farmers market within city jurisdiction.
    At least one farmers market within city jurisdiction that accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers
  • At least one school and/or community garden within city jurisdiction.
  • City initiative to increase fruit and vegetable access and consumption.
  • At least one regularly scheduled healthful cooking program or nutritional education program within city jurisdiction.
  • At least half of the convenience stores within city jurisdiction sell fruit, vegetables, and water (all 3 must be sold).
  • At least one restaurant or grocery store that has a system to donate surplus fruit and vegetables to local food banks within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one food pantry that has signage or other education for healthy food and beverage choices within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one food pantry that has refrigeration available to store fresh fruit and vegetables within city jurisdiction.
  • City initiative to increase water consumption.

Community-Clinical Linkages/System Changes

These benchmarks encourage collaboration and demonstrate a change in the way health systems interact with community organizations and lifestyle change programs in the community.

  • At least one health system (hospital system, private practice, FQHC, etc.) within city jurisdiction that refers patients to lifestyle change programs in the community to improve healthy eating habits. (Please check all that apply)
    • National Diabetes Prevention Programs
    • Diabetes Self-Management Education
    • TOPS
    • Weight Watchers,
    • SNAP-Ed programs
    • WISEWOMAN
  • At least one health system within city jurisdiction that gives patients innovative prescriptions or vouchers for fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • At least one coalition or workgroup within city jurisdiction with a health and wellness component that promotes healthy food and beverage consumption.
  • At least one worksite within city jurisdiction that promotes and supports healthy food and beverages to its employees. (Cannot be a city office)
  • At least one city office that promotes and supports healthy foods and beverages to its employees and clients.
  • At least one youth-led empowerment group within city jurisdiction that engages young people to participate in school or community gardens and consume healthy food and beverages.
  • At least one faith-based organization within city jurisdiction that has either a fruit and vegetable garden and/or encourages members to consume healthy food and beverages.

Physical Activity Benchmarks

Policy

These benchmarks address written policies, procedures, and ordinances.

  • A city ordinance that requires all new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights.
  • A city ordinance that requires all new subdivisions to provide parks and recreation space.
    City ordinance requiring maintenance of existing sidewalks, or a fee in lieu of maintenance
  • At least one joint use agreement to permit community use for physical activity (e.g. school, church) within city jurisdiction.
  • City comprehensive plan, resolution, or policy that supports physical activity by the creation of parks/recreation, bicycle, or pedestrian facilities.
  • City comprehensive plan, resolution, or policy that includes connectivity (helps city leaders plan to connect places for physical activity to each other in their city).
  • City comprehensive plan, resolution, or policy that includes Complete Streets (helps city leaders plan that all new street construction or repairs include all forms of ground transportation such as driving, walking, and biking).

Environmental

These benchmarks address basic facilities, resources, and changes to the environment

  • At least one new walking/biking trail development (non-paved) within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one walking/biking enhancement/expansion of existing trails (non-paved) within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one new walking or biking development (paved) within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one walking or biking enhancement/expansion of existing tracks (paved) within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one multi-generational, fully accessible (ADA) park within city jurisdiction.
  • At least one dog park within city jurisdiction.
    Bicycle and walking routes within city jurisdiction have a signage system and bike lanes are clearly marked (e.g. “Share the Road”).
  • At least one roadway within city jurisdiction has sidewalks.
  • Sidewalks within city jurisdiction are in good repair and have curb cuts for accessibility.

Community-Clinical Linkages/System Changes

These benchmarks encourage collaboration and demonstrate a change in the way health systems interact with community organizations and lifestyle change programs in the community.

  • At least one health system within city jurisdiction that write prescriptions for patients to be physically active.
  • At least one coalition or workgroup within city jurisdiction with a health and wellness component that promotes places to be physically active.
  • At least one city office that promotes and supports physical activity to its employees and clients.
  • At least one worksite within city jurisdiction that promotes and supports physical activity to employees. (Cannot be a city office)
  • At least one group/organization within city jurisdiction that facilities activities that engage people of all ages to be more physically active.
  • At least one faith-based organization within city jurisdiction that facilitates activities that engage people of all ages to be more physically active.

Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Benchmarks

Policy & Environmental

These benchmarks address written policies, procedures, and ordinances. All public areas would be considered smoke-free and include signage. Spit tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are their own benchmarks. Applicants must provide a copy or link to your county’s smoking regulation to document each benchmark selected. City’s should attach their own regulation if it includes areas not covered by the county policy.

  • Public Housing – Bronze
  • Restaurants – Bronze
  • Movie theaters – Bronze
  • All public and private schools – Bronze
  • City or county buildings – Bronze
  • Worksites – Bronze
  • Day care centers – Bronze
  • Health care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, etc. – Bronze
  • All institutions of higher learning – Bronze
  • Public Transportation – Silver
  • Hotels – Silver
  • Sporting events or recreational facilities, both indoors and out – Silver
  • Concert venues – Silver
  • Parks and Playgrounds – Silver
  • Bars – Gold
  • Gaming Venues – Gold
  • Outdoor Fairs and Festivals – Gold
  • Policy includes Spit Tobacco products- Gold
  • Policy Includes ENDS products – Mandatory for Gold Level

Community-Clinical Linkages/System Changes

These benchmarks demonstrate a change in the way organizations and health systems interact with community organizations and lifestyle change programs in the community.

  • At least one health system within city jurisdiction refers tobacco users to cessation programs available in the community.
  • At least one coalition or workgroup within city jurisdiction with a health and wellness component that promotes tobacco prevention, cessation, and clean air issues.
  • At least one city office that promotes and supports tobacco prevention and cessation to its employees and clients.
  • At least one worksite within city jurisdiction that promotes and supports tobacco prevention and cessation to employees and clients. (Cannot be a city office)
  • At least one youth-led empowerment group within city jurisdiction that engages young people to never use tobacco products.
  • At least one faith-based organization within city jurisdiction that engages its members to never use tobacco products and promotes cessation services.
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