GIS Tools to Support Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to halting the upward trend of childhood obesity by 2015 by working with grantees, community partners and researchers. To meet the diverse needs of these end-users, the foundation presents a National Web-based Childhood Obesity Prevention Geographic Information System (GIS).

This system includes: a Collaborative Management System, automatic data integration tools, and a National Internet-based GIS that enables grantees to:
  • visualize community, regional, and national-level data
  • integrate new spatial data and overlay these data to conduct location-specific analyses; and
  • generate maps, dynamic reports, and "what if" scenarios to better address the childhood obesity epidemic
Overview Video

What's New...
• New National Data! Consumer Buying Power data for 2011 from the Nielsen-Claritas. Data layers display estimates of tract-level food commodity expenditures as a percentage of total household expenditures. Find the layers under Food Environment > Access to Food > Food Cost and Expenditures.

• New National Data! Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) data for 2010 from the U.S. Census Bureau. Data layers display county-level health insurance coverage estimates by age and income categories.

• New National Data! Block group-level race and ethnicity statistics from the 2010 Decennial Census. Data layers include measures of predominant race, predominant race/ethnicity, and racial diversity. Explore the data by navigating to Demographics > Population Race & Ethnicity.


Support for this project was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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