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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Cooking Matters at the Store (Washington D.C.)

Filed under Good Idea, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Adults, Families

Goal: Cooking Matters seeks to teach families to stretch their food budgets so their children are fed healthy and nutritious meals at home.

Impact: Graduates of Cooking Matters at the Store learn how to compare food labels, read ingredients lists, and identify healthy food choices that fit their budget.

Grown in Ivanhoe (Kansas City, MO)

Filed under Good Idea, Economy, Children, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: Grown in Ivanhoe strives to achieve a just and equitable food environment in the Ivanhoe community by ensuring that residents have the information and resources needed to provide healthy, affordable foods for themselves and their families.

Impact: Grown in Ivanhoe has increased local food production and established resources for access to healthy foods.

Market Bucks (Minneapolis, MN)

Filed under Effective Practice, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight

Goal: The goal of the Market Bucks program is to encourage shopping at farmers' markets and healthier eating.

Impact: Market Bucks have successfully increased the amount of EBT purchases made at farmers markets and increased fruit and vegetable consumption among participants.

Oklahoma Billboard Control and Removal Program (Oklahoma)

Filed under Good Idea, Transportation / Public Transportation, Adults

Goal: The goal of the Oklahoma Billboard Control and Removal Program is to comply with the requirements of the Oklahoma Highway Beautification Act by removing non-permitted billboards and regulating the installation of new billboards.