Reports: Obesity

Twin Cities Mobile Market
Wilder Research, May 2017
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, is a grocery store on wheels developed to increase access to healthy, affordable foods in under-resourced neighborhoods. The evaluation measures the implementation and success of the program.   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 >

Hennepin County SHAPE Surveys
Hennepin County Community Health Department, Bloomington Division of Public Health, April 2016, 30 pp.
SHAPE is a periodic health surveillance and assessment survey of children and adults in Hennepin County.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   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 >

Southwest and South Central Minnesota 2015 Adult Health Survey
Wilder Research, October 2015, 213 pp.
A series of data books that provide survey results about the health and health habits – nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco use – of adult residents living in southwest and south central Minnesota.   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 >

Allina Health Neighborhood Health Connection
Wilder Research, May 2015, 85 pp.
The Neighborhood Health Connection program is an Allina Health initiative to increase social connections and healthy behaviors across the state. The evaluation looked at the impact of the program on grantees and participants.   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 >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
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 >

Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature
Minnesota Department of Health, February 2014, 130 pp.
An overview of Minnesota's health disparities, discussion about the inequitable conditions that produce disparities, and recommendations to advance health equity in Minnesota. Conversations and surveys were conducted with Minnesotans to get their input.   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 >

Early childhood obesity prevention policies: Goals, recommendations, and potential actions
Institute of Medicine, June 2011, 4 pp.
This brief offers policy recommendations and potential actions designed to promote healthy environments for young children.   more info >

Obesity and access to healthy foods
Wilder Research, February 2011, 4 pp.
Explores obesity in Minnesota and provides approaches to promote effective policy and create community environments where healthy food is accessible to everyone.   more info >

Providing access to healthy foods through school gardens
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Gives information about a Columbia Heights School District project that created an "Edible Schoolyard/Outdoor Classroom."   more info >

Assessing food insecurity in Saint Paul
Wilder Research, February 2011, 2 pp.
Discusses the results of an assessment of food needs in four Saint Paul neighborhoods, conducted by the Neighborhood Food Project.   more info >

Community wellness: Comprehensive city-school strategies to reduce childhood obesity
National League of Cities and The Institute for Youth, Education and Families, June 2010, 68 pp.
This report focuses on lessons learned by school superintendents and city leaders who formed and sustained local collaborations to reduce obesity. It also explores how collaborations were able to leverage federally mandated school wellness policies to develop community-wide wellness plans.   more info >

Solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation
White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, May 2010, 124 pp.
This report is part of the “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. It details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. It presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away.   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 >

Too fat to fight: Retired military leaders want junk food out of America's schools
Mission: Readiness, April 2010, 16 pp.
Presents information on the increase of child obesity. It calls on Congress to reduce the availability of high-calorie, low-nutrition foods in schools and presents examples of successful school interventions.   more info >

Physical activity and healthy eating in Minnesota: Addressing root causes of obesity
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, April 2010, 13 pp.
This report summarizes the results of two surveys carried out to measure the prevalence of physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and obesity among adult Minnesotans. It provides Minnesota-specific data to guide policy development, advocacy and program planning to benefit the health of all Minnesotans.   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 >

Parks, playgrounds and active living
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2010, 15 pp.
Summarizes the body of evidence concerning the role of parks in shaping active lifestyles across a variety of populations, including children, seniors, lower-income families, and more.   more info >

Promoting healthy lifestyles: The impact of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Triple Play Program on healthy eating, exercise patterns, and developmental outcomes
Youth Development Strategies, August 2009, 21 pp.
Evaluation of a multi-faceted program for youth designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle.  The study found improvements in nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and exercise habits, peer interactions, and club culture and structure. Positive outcomes were found across the range of clubs even though clubs used different approaches and served different populations.   more info >

Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2009, 32 pp.
CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives.   more info >

Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States: Implementation and measurement guide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2009, 90 pp.
Document to assist local governments, states, and policy makers implement the CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies.   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 >

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