The Heart Network wants to help you become a more effective advocate for healthy rural communities

Advocacy is critical to achieving sustainable, community-based changes that help prevent chronic disease. Anyone can learn how to educate and influence decision-makers at all levels of government, and other community stakeholders, to affect real, lasting changes that make your community a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.

The new Advocacy section of our website provides you with the training, tools and resources that you need to advocate for policies, planning and projects that help to reduce tobacco use and improve physical activity and nutrition – the three biggest preventable risk factors for chronic disease.

Take action in your community today! Check out these valuable resources to get started:

• Advocacy Toolkit – Learn the basics of effective advocacy – including advocacy planning, building coalitions and networks, engaging elected officials and the media, and conducting community assessments and surveys

• Project Database – Read case studies and fact sheets about successful model projects that reduce tobacco use and improve physical activity and nutrition in the North Country

• Training – Access advocacy training presentations, webinars, and other learning opportunities

• Surveys – Download community surveys that provide valuable information for advocates

• News – Stay informed of the Heart Network’s current initiatives in the region, and opportunities to connect with other community health advocates across the North Country.

Learn more about specific TobaccoPhysical Activity and Nutrition issues by visiting these sections of our website.

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