National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Online there are a lot of maps addressing access to fresh produce and resources showing how useful GIS is for mapping nutrition.  TheReportingonHealth’s guide to GIS mapping for health stories and essay on covering diabetes and obesity shows how GIS can be useful. For some good nutritional intake and demographic data that’s searchable by state, check out the federal government’s Community Nutrition Mapping Project. Also data on chain-store locations can be found here. Finally, here’s a great list of resources about access to healthy food.

Here are some maps:

1. CalorieLab’s US Obesity 2010 – a map that ranks the states in the US for obesity.

2. ESRI: Food Desert Finder – a interactive map displaying people in poverty without walkable (1 mile) access to a supermarket.

3. CDC: US Obesity Trends by State (1985 – 2009) – maps from the CDC showing the trends in obesity rates from 1985 – 2009.

4. California Nutrition Network –  an interactive mapping application that allows users to view and query mapped nutrition data in California, showing nutrition and school health programs, WIC grocery stores and other local nutrition resources, demographics (race and spoken language) of general and at-risk populations, various Department of Health Services regions, and political (senate and assembly) district.

5. Walmart Growth Map – a map that shows the growth of Walmart and Sam’s Club in the United States from 1962 -2010.

For more nutrition education resources, click here.

Source: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/; Putting Community Nutrition on the Map; Economix; Reporting on Health

Picture from: Nutrition in a Nutshell

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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