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Prevention Status Reports

The 2013 Prevention Status Reports (PSRs), highlight the status of policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce problems affecting public health. Individual reports are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 10 health topics including Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. The PSR Quick Start Guide provides tips and tools to help state health officials and other public health leaders use the PSRs to advance evidence-based public health practices in their states.

State Indicator Reports

2014 Breastfeeding Report Card [PDF-1.25 MB] provides state-by-state data to help public health practitioners, health professionals, community members, child care providers, and family members work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The Report Card indicators measure types of support in key community settings as well as the most current data on the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2020.

Fruits and Vegetables
The State Indicator Report on Fruits & Vegetables, 2013 [PDF- 1.23MB] provides national and state-level information on how many fruits and vegetables people are eating, and highlights key areas within communities and schools that can be improved to increase fruit and vegetable access, availability, and affordability.

The National Action Guide [PDF-160KB] summarizes the national data on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental supports. It also provides potential actions that government and business leaders, coalitions, community-based organizations, and professionals can take to support Americans’ eating more fruits and vegetables, along with resources for taking action.

State Action Guides

Previous State Indicator Reports on Fruits and Vegetables

Children’s Food Environment
Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report, 2011 [PDF-768KB] highlights selected behaviors, environments, and policies that affect childhood obesity through support of healthy eating.

  • National Action Guide [PDF-616KB] provides potential actions that state leaders, coalitions, community-based organizations, and professionals can take alone or in partnership to support state residents’ purchase and consumption of more healthful foods.
  • Census Tract Level State Maps of the Modified Retail Food Environment Index (mRFEI) [PDF–55.1MB] includes maps of the mRFEI for each state and Washington D.C. These maps can be used to help identify census tracts within states or communities that either lack access to healthy food retailers such as supermarkets or contain very high densities of fast food restaurants and convenience stores relative to the number of healthy food retailers. States and communities can also use data from the mRFEI Data Table [Excel–5.04MB] to create their own maps using GIS software or link the mRFEI data to other census-tract level data they may have available.

Physical Activity
The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014 [PDF-2.8MB] presents information on physical activity behaviors and policies that encourage and support physical activity in states. Individual State Action Guides summarize each state’s data and provide suggested actions that state health departments can take to encourage and increase physical activity in their states.

State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 [PDF-1.5MB] includes 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.

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Surgeon General’s Reports

2011 – The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

2010 – The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation [PDF-840KB]

2001 – The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

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CDC Vital Signs

Progress on children eating more fruit, but not more vegetables: CDC Vital Signs [PDF-16.9MB] August 2014
CDC trend data finds that US children ages 2-18 are eating more fruit, but not more vegetables. Child care and schools can help children meet daily recommendations.

Progress on Childhood Obesity CDC Vital Signs Report August 2013
Many states show declines, but there is more work to be done to continue the downward trend.

More People Walk to Better Health: CDC Vital Signs Report August 2012
Find out how many Americans are walking their way to better health, and what can be done to make it easier for others to walk.

Hospital Support for Breastfeeding: CDC Vital Signs Report August 2011
Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. A baby’s risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding.

Adult Obesity: CDC Vital Signs Report August 2010
Obesity is common, serious, and costly. In 2009, about 2.4 million more adults were obese than in 2007. More efforts are needed, and new federal initiatives are helping to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.

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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs)

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