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Reports: Obesity

State of Black America
National Urban League, August 2020
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2016
Trust for America's Health, September 2016, 144 pp.
Report detailing state-by-state obesity rates.   more info >

Healthy Food Access: A View of the Landscape in Minnesota and Lessons Learned From Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Wilder Research, April 2016, 54 pp.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment.   more info >

Health Equity in Prevention
Wilder Research, February 2016
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota provided funding to organizations through the Health Equity in Prevention initiative to advance health equity through policy, systems, and environmental changes. Wilder Research conducted a review of tools than can assess organizational capacity to advance health equity. Evaluation work included conducting ripple effect mapping discussions with HEiP-funded organizations to understand project impacts. Reports also highlight policy work and lessons learned.   more info >

Healthy Food in Hunger Relief
Wilder Research, September 2015, 69 pp.
Study commissioned by The Open Door to gauge the interest in and feasibility of implementing a healthy food approach in Dakota County's food shelves.   more info >

Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel to Get There? Initial Findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey
United States Department of Agriculture, March 2015, 21 pp.
This report compares shopping patterns of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to low- and higher income nonparticipant households, participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to nonparticipants, and food-insecure to food-secure households.   more info >

How the World Could Better Fight Obesity
McKinsey & Company, November 2014, 106 pp.
A review of obesity interventions being discussed or piloted around the world, including subsidized school meals, calorie and nutrition labeling, restrictions on advertising high-calorie food and drinks, and public health campaigns.   more info >

Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves: Strategies for Success and Recommended Resources
University of Minnesota, January 2014, 12 pp.
A guide for what food shelves can do to ensure that people have access to nutritious foods.   more info >

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail
PolicyLink, November 2013, 22 pp.
Examines the economic aspects of improving access to healthy food through food retailing, distribution, and production innovations.   more info >

Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota, September 2013, 52 pp.
This report present results of a systematic review of needs collected from 21 CHNAs to compose a macro understanding of community health needs in rural North Dakota. It shows that the Tier 1 needs occurring most frequently are: limited number of health care providers, higher costs of health care for consumers, financial viability of hospitals, mental health, and elevated rates of adult obesity.   more info >

Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2013, 4 pp.
State-by-state look at changes in childhood obesity rates. Offers suggestions for ways state and local officials, parents, and others can address childhood obesity.   more info >

Access to Healthy Food and Why it Matters: A Review of the Research
PolicyLink, February 2013, 35 pp.
Findings from a review of recent research on healthy food and food access designed to inform those people designing and implementing strategies to make healthy food available.   more info >

The Healthy Food Financing Handbook: From Advocacy to Implementation
The Food Trust, January 2013, 42 pp.
Describes a step-by-step approach to developing state and local policies that encourage the development of supermarkets and other healthy food stores in underserved communities.   more info >

State indicator report on physical activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2010, 15 pp.
Includes state-level data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do.   more info >

Reducing Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity: The Role of Early Life Risk Factors
Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2010, 12 pp.
Looks at racial/ethnic differences in early-life risk factors for childhood obesity.   more info >

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
American Public Health Association, February 2010, 12 pp.
Estimates the health care costs of obesity, air pollution from traffic, and traffic crashes based on existing case studies, and argues for incorporating health evaluation and cost assessment as part of transportation policy.   more info >

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food - Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress
United States Department of Agriculture, June 2009, 160 pp.
This report summarizes findings of a national-level assessment of the extent and characteristics of food deserts, analysis of the consequences of food deserts, lessons learned from Federal programs, and a discussion of policy options for alleviating the effects of food deserts.   more info >

Web sites

Food Insecurity in North Dakota
Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. This interactive map provides data on food insecurity at the county level to improve our understanding of food insecurity and food costs in local communities.   more info >

Obesity Resources
Sources of research on obesity, including journals and organizations.   more info >

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