County-level data from the USDA Food Environment Atlas is now available in HealthLandscape. The Food Environment Atlas includes data on proximity to food stores and restaurants, food prices, nutrtion-related assistance programs, health, and community characteristics. These factors interact to influence food choices and diet quality. The Atlas was developed to centralize food- and nutrition-related information and provide a spatial overview of these statistics.
The Atlas is made up of three main categories. The Food Choices category includes information on access to healthy and affordable food. Some examples of indicators in this category include access and proximity to a grocery store, the number of fast-food restaurants, access to local foods, food assistance program participation, and availability of local foods.
Health and Well-Being indicators contain information on the community’s health and diets, including rates of diabetes and obesity, and physical activity levels.
Community Characteristics are aspects of the community that can have an influence on the food environment, including the demographic composition, income and poverty statistics, and the number of recreation and fitness centers available to the population.
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