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Health Promotion


NACDD’s vision to “lead and influence the ways that chronic disease prevention and health promotion shapes the health landscape” includes initiatives on:

  • healthy communities;

  • healthy aging;

  • nutrition, physical activity & obesity prevention;

  • school health;

  • oral health; and

  • vision and eye health.


    Learn more about NACDD Health Promotion activities

    • Join the NACDD General Member Webinars on the fourth Thursday of every month at 3:00 p.m. ET to stay up-to-date on health promotion topics.

    • Attend a health promotion topic session at the next, invitational Chronic Disease Academy.


Healthy Communities

NACDD continues to collaborate with CDC to move the national agenda on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention forward. In support of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, 32 interdisciplinary teams have participated in an NACDD Walkability Action Institute and collectively established new policies, systems, and environmental improvements that are estimated to reach more than 18 million people.

Read the American Public Health Association’s blog covering the 2018 Walkability Action Institute.

NACDD worked with CDC State Disability and Health applicants, paired with local communities, on the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities pilot project that promotes making healthy choices the easier choices in areas where people live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care – with a principle focus on disability inclusion.

Watch videos about the impact the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Pilot Project had in 10 communities across the US.
Learn more about NACDD’s Healthy Communities work.

Healthy Aging

NACDD, in collaboration with the CDC Division of Population Health, is developing a mid-course Healthy People 2020 data report that will assess and document progress towards meeting the nation’s Healthy People 2020 objectives for aging and Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and a set of State of Aging Briefs that will deliver improved quality, availability, and accessibility of public health education materials, training, and evaluation tools and resources.

Learn more about NACDD’s work on Healthy Aging.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention

Web-based, peer-to-peer NACDD learning opportunities disseminate information about readiness assessment, partnership building, and lessons learned from successful examples within states on implementing and evaluating evidence-based, pediatric, healthy weight management programs in clinics, recreation centers, federally qualified health centers, and other venues.

NACDD’s work on a pilot project with the CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity links Department of Defense State Coordinators and the Department’s Building Healthy Military Communities effort with chronic disease subject matter experts who are the state Chronic Disease Directors in the seven pilot states.

Learn about NACDD’s work building healthy military communities.


To assist CDC with monitoring progress among grantees implementing policies and programs to promote physical activity, NACDD convened an advisory council of national experts to provide input on the development and pilot testing of an assessment tool. Key informant interviews with state decision-makers are helping NACDD develop recommendations to CDC on effective communication strategies to support policy on large-scale, evidence-based nutrition and physical activity.

Learn more about NACDD’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention work.

School health

NACDD’s school health communities of practice, highly-attended national webinars, and targeted school health publications focused on nutrition, physical education, and physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions, are some of the ways NACDD supported states implementing projects funded by DP-13-1305 State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors, and Promote School Health.

Learn more about NACDD’s work on School Health.

Vision and Eye Health

NACDD, with funding from CDC's Vision Health Initiative, supported three state agencies with an NACDD Opportunity Grant to engage in strategic initiatives and activities designed to improve vision and eye health. Grantees collaborated with Ohio State University to conduct vision and eye health needs assessments, and the findings from the needs assessments were shared at many vision meetings/summits.

NEW IN 2020: NACDD Releases "Building Public Health Capacity to Enhance Vision and Eye Health: A Toolkit for Public Health Agencies and their Partners" 


Review NACDD’s work with three state agencies to engage in strategic initiatives and activities designed to improve vision and eye health.

Learn more about NACDD’s work on Vision and Eye Health.

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