Tools for Researchers and Practitioners
Tool and Intervention Hubs
The Center TRT’s mission is to enhance the public health impact of state and community obesity prevention efforts by providing the training and evidence public health practitioners need to improve health behaviors, environments, and policies in ways that are equitable, efficient, and sustained over time.
The Center TRT translation efforts focus on providing practitioners with the best available evidence and approaches related to the prevention and control of obesity. The Center TRT website features an interventions section with resources designed to support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-supported nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention interventions.
The mission of Research4NC is to provide North Carolina clinicians and practitioners with a “one-stop shop” for resources that have been developed by UNC System research teams to promote health. Although Research4NC is based at HPDP, the resources featured on its website have been developed by research teams working in Centers and Institutes across the UNC System.
The SNAP-Ed Toolkit helps SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies across the country find evidence-based interventions and explore the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework in order to strengthen impact towards the goal of helping SNAP-eligible households make healthy eating and physical activity choices on a limited budget.
Tools and Interventions Developed at HPDP
This is a brief list of some of the most popular tools and interventions developed by HPDP researchers. At these links you can find enrollment information, toolkits, or intervention materials.
The “Active Communities Tool” helps cross-sector teams create an action plan for improving community built environments that promote physical activity. The tool is based on the Community Guide’s recommendations for built environmental approaches to increase physical activity.
It includes assessment modules and an action planning guide. The tool creation process was accomplished in collaboration with Healthy Places by Design, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Carolina Heart Alliance Networking for Greater Equity (CHANGE) Lifestyle Program is a research-tested program delivered by community health workers (CHWs) and designed to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease among adults in rural and medically underserved communities. The dissemination toolkit provides the information organizations need to implement and deliver the CHANGE Lifestyle Program.
Go NAPSACC provides easy-to-use online tools that child care providers can use to build healthy eating and physical activity habits in children.
The Med-South Lifestyle Program helps participants improve what they eat and become more physically active, which can reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. The eating plan is similar to a Mediterranean diet, but includes foods that are often eaten in the southeastern United States.
The SNAP-Ed team at HPDP has added a collection of resources to the SNAP-Ed Toolkit to assist SNAP-Ed implementing agencies in transitioning from in-person to virtual education environments. The resources are mainly video and article tutorials that cover how to create and share educational videos. The tutorials address the nuts and bolts of how to create videos using basic tools (built-in cameras on phones or computers and user-friendly video editing software), how to share videos on popular platforms (YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram), and how to host live video events on platforms like Zoom or Facebook. Throughout the resources, there is a focus on participant accessibility through tools like video captions.
The Weight-Wise Pilot Study tested the effectiveness of weight control intervention strategies designed for low income, midlife women. The behavioral intervention included a 16-week weight loss phase of weekly group sessions and a 12-month weight maintenance phase of individual, group, and phone contacts. The leader guides for the Weight Wise study are available online.