COUNTY benchmarks

Nutrition Benchmarks - Fruit, Vegetable, and Water Consumption

Policy

These benchmarks address written policies, procedures, and ordinances.

  • County policy for reduced tax rates or fees for businesses selling fruit and vegetables.
  • At least one county 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.
  • County policy for healthier options at school concessions stands.
  • County policy restricting sugar-sweetened beverages on school property before or after school is in session.
  • County policy regarding healthy food celebrations on school property.
  • County policy for use of public land for community gardens.
  • County policy to support breastfeeding at all county government offices.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have at least one clinics/health system that have Baby Friendly Policies (Breastfeeding-promotion policies).
  • County policy for reduced tax rates for businesses using local farmers.
  • County 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have a farmers market.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have a farmers market that accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have a school and/or community garden.County initiative to increase fruit and vegetable access and consumption.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one regularly scheduled healthful cooking or nutritional program.
  • At least 1/4 of the convenience stores in incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction sell fruit, vegetables, and water.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one restaurant or grocery store that has a system to donate surplus fruit and vegetables to local food banks.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one food pantry that has signage or other education for healthy food and beverage choices.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one food pantry that has refrigeration available to store fresh fruit and vegetables within city jurisdiction.
  • County 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one health system (hospital system, private practice, FQHC, etc.) in the community 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one health system that gives patients innovative prescriptions or vouchers for fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one coalition or workgroup with a health and wellness component that promotes healthy food and beverage consumption.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one worksite that promotes and supports healthy food and beverages to its employees. (Cannot be county offices below)
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one county office that promotes and supports healthy foods and beverages to its employees and clients.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has at least one youth-led empowerment group that engages young people to participate in school or community gardens and consume healthy food and beverages.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction has 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.

  • County ordinance that requires all new subdivisions to provide sidewalks and lights.
  • County ordinance that requires all new subdivisions to provide park/recreation space.
  • County ordinance requiring maintenance of existing sidewalks, or a fee in lieu of maintenance
  • At least one countywide joint use agreement to permit community use for physical activity (e.g. school, church).
  • County comprehensive plan, resolution, or policy that supports physical activity by the creation of parks/recreation, bicycle, or pedestrian facilities.
  • County comprehensive plan, resolution, or policy that includes connectivity (helps city leaders plan to connect places for physical activity to each other in their county).
  • County 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one new walking or biking trail development (non-paved).
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one walking or biking enhancement/expansion of existing trails (non-paved).
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one new walking or biking development (paved).
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one walking or biking enhancement/expansion of existing tracks (paved).
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one multi-generational, fully accessible park.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one dog park.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have bicycle and walking routes that have a signage system and bike lanes are clearly marked (e.g. “Share the Road).
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have one roadway in the community that has sidewalks.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction have sidewalks that 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one health system in the community that write prescriptions for patients to be physically active.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one coalition or workgroup with a health and wellness component that promotes places to be physically active.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one worksite that promotes and supports physical activity to its employees. (Cannot be county offices below)
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one city or county office that promotes and supports physical activity to employees and clients.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one group/organization that facilitates activities that engage people of all ages to be more physically active.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one faith-based organization within city jurisdiction that facilitate 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.

  • Public Housing – Bronze
  • Restaurants – Bronze
  • Movie theaters – Bronze
  • All public and private schools – Bronze
  • City or county buildings – Bronze
  • Worksites – Bronze
  • Daycare 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 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one health system in the community that refers tobacco users to cessation programs available in the community.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one coalition or workgroup with a health and wellness component that promotes tobacco prevention, cessation, and clean air issues.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one worksite that promotes and supports tobacco prevention and cessation to its employees. (Cannot be county offices below)
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one county office that promotes and supports tobacco prevention and cessation to employees and clients.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one youth-led empowerment group that engages young people to never use or quit tobacco products.
  • At least 1/4 of incorporated municipalities within county jurisdiction with at least one faith-based organization that engages its members to never use or quit tobacco products.
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