Discussion questions for classrooms
- Some businesses by their very nature may create products that are destructive to health; can you name four examples?
- What are some of the reasons that having healthy employees with healthy families is important to most businesses?
- Sometimes the way businesses conduct their daily operations can make them more or less health friendly. Discuss some examples.
- Sometimes a business may not do something that is health promoting because they fear it might not be competitive and other businesses would have an advantage. What is an example of a law that would keep the playing field level for all business, and still advance health
- Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the country and the nation- what are a few organizational practices healthcare businesses could advance that would build health and community well-being?
- What can you do in your daily life to encourage the businesses sector to be more health promoting?
Resources from Prevention Institute
Utilizing The Spectrum of Prevention, this Prevention Institute checklist for businesses provides a list of actions for the business sector to complete in aiding violence prevention efforts.
In this brief, The Greenlining Institute and Prevention Institute explore workplace wellness programs in CA small businesses, particularly those owned and operated by people of color.
This Prevention Institute resource guide for public health departments and coalitions outlines the steps involved in forging successful community prevention partnerships with local businesses.
Creating environments with increased access to healthy foods, safe spaces, smoke-free multi-unit housing, and opportunities for improved clinical-community linkages can lead to a reduced burden of chronic diseases among communities.
Larry Cohen on the importance of prevention policy as a means to systemic change, and how strong policy can happen through local coalitions, at the local level, to re-build systems from the ground up.
Larry Cohen, founder and executive director of the Prevention Institute, emphasizes the importance of both local and national policies that support prevention efforts and contribute to system-wide change.
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Recent violence across the nation is disturbing. The risk of violence is predictable under certain conditions. But it is not inevitable — and it can be minimized.
CCFC’s mission is to support parents’ efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the practice of child-targeted marketing. In working for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom for parents to raise them—without being undermined by corporate interests, CCFC promotes a more democratic and sustainable world.
CSPI carved out a niche as the organized voice of the American public on nutrition, food safety, health and other issues during the early 1970s. CSPI seeks to educate the public, advocate for government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry’s powerful influence on public opinion and public policies.
For more than 35 years, Corporate Accountability International has protected human rights, public health and the environment by waging and winning campaigns challenging the abuses of some of the world’s most powerful corporations.
The mission of Corporations and Health Watch is to assess the impact of corporate practices on population health and to inform public health policies that can reduce harm from such practices. They analyze corporate practices across six industries: automobile food, alcohol, pharmaceutical, firearms and tobacco. Their goals are to identify the common characteristics of successful campaigns to change corporate practices, and to contribute to a growing movement to improve health by changing corporate practices.
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity.