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Public Sector Toolkit

Public-sector employers are well-positioned to serve as role models not only for their employees’ health and wellness practices, but for other employers who may become inspired to pursue CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation. It’s a win-win!

General application guidelines can be found at this link.
Resources of particular interest to Public Sector Employers are shared below.


Gold Standard Public Sector Organizations

Quitlines potentially have broad reach, are effective with and can be tailored to diverse populations, and increase quit rates.
Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We’re proud to encourage healthy habits with our employees and have the unique opportunity to be an example in the community we provide service to everyday. We’re honored to receive this special distinction and I’m very proud of steps our wellness and risk management teams have taken to create a health conscious culture at Capital Metro.

Linda Watson
President and CEO
Capital Metro

Research & Evidence

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Nearly one-half million Americans still die prematurely from tobacco use each year, and more than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 42.1 million U.S. adults currently smoke cigarettes. And the harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, and even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 7,330 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer and more than 33,900 die of heart disease. Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden. Economic costs attributable to smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke now approach $300 billion annually. 

Smart Food Choices

The purpose of this document is to help you implement food service guidelines in your government work site or other public facilitya to increase the availability of healthier choices at food service venues, including cafeterias, concession stands, snack bars, and vending machines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using the Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA), but the action steps in this document are applicable to any food service guideline. The HHS/GSA guidelines include specific food and nutrition standards that are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and sustainability standards for food and food service operations.