Positive youth development for health is one of six priority areas identified in Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health and Wellness. The objectives for this priority area target both individual- and community-level change. An assessment of Extension professionals' readiness to integrate community-level policy, systems, and environment change approaches into youth development efforts indicated various levels of familiarity with and willingness to implement multilevel strategies. Using these findings and the transtheoretical model as the organizing framework, we make recommendations for advancing Extension professionals' readiness to implement changes that make healthful options more available and accessible and help create a culture of youth health.
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Smathers, C., Toomey, M., Washburn, L., Johnston, K., Iaccopucci, A. M., Johannes, E., & Ravola, M. (2019). Positive Youth Development for Health: Extension's Readiness for Multilevel Public Health Approaches. Journal of Extension, 57(1), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss1/22