- Food Access Research Atlas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched an online mapping tool that locates food deserts. The Food Desert Locator also provides data on population characteristics where residents have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, including low-income communities. The tool can be used to help advocates expand the availability of nutritious foods in these areas.
- Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community (PDF)
The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released information that provides an overview of steps that state or local public health practitioners can take to assess their retail food environment. States and communities can use this tool to better understand their current food retail landscape and differences in accessibility to healthier foods. Related information can be found at:
- Measures Registry
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. Its purpose is to standardize use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity research at the individual, community, and population levels.
- Your Food Environment Atlas
USDA ERS has launched a new online tool, Your Food Environment Atlas, which allows users to map and compare counties across the US on the ability of their residents to access healthful food. The tool covers numerous indicators that include health, demographic, and food access characteristics.
- Obesity Policy Research
Learn more information about the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's interests in obesity policy research as it relates to the food environment.
Last Updated: 06 May 2016