Guiding Principles for Healthy Communities
ACSM American Fitness Index will contribute to the Guiding Principles for Healthy Communities by creating effective partnerships and alliances at the national and community levels; by providing tools, strategies, and expertise to cities and communities interested in making progress toward health; and by connecting scientific evidence with practice and policies that work.
Guiding Principles for Healthy Communities are:
- Overall health improvement in U.S. cities must focus on the prevention of behavioral-linked diseases by effectively addressing the underlying risk and community factors.
- The rise in chronic diseases attributable to physical inactivity and unhealthy diets are a “clear and present danger” to our health and healthcare systems, our cities, our nation, and our future.
- All of the cities in the U.S., irrespective of size and current health status, can make powerful advances in improving the health of their people through simple, affordable, effective steps.
- There is a need for even more synergy and collaboration to assist U.S. cities in actively making the moves toward better health.