Interactive Web-Based Tool Offers Strategies for Communities to Promote Healthy Eating and Enhance Physical Activity

Staff at Prevention Institute, which works to improve community health, updated and refined ENACT (Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool), an interactive, Web-based tool to help communities improve nutrition and physical activity in seven key environments, including neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.

Project staff then selected coalitions and organizations in six diverse U.S. communities to test ENACT and conducted activities to increase national awareness of the tool.

Key Results

  • During the grant period, Prevention Institute staff:

    • Conducted a one day training on the use of ENACT in six pilot communities. Key components of the training included how to assess community conditions and how to identify priority strategies.
    • Offered two 90-minute Web forums, which attracted more than 400 people from across the U.S., to introduce ENACT.
    • Increased awareness of ENACT by making presentations at national conferences and sending announcements to a 10,000-person listserv.