State School Health Policy Database

Background Users can view brief descriptions of laws and policies pertaining to the health of students Topics include: wellness policy, health education curriculum, school meal programs, physical activity, emergency response, bullying, and facility safety, among others. The State School Health Policy Database was developed by the National Association of State Boards of Education and is supported by the Division of Adolescent and School Health of the Centers (DASH) of the…

The Joint Canada/ United States Survey of Health

Background Users can download the survey’s report and entire data set to gain information on a variety of health indicators in the United States and Canada. The Joint Canada/ United States Health Survey was a one time study conducted with Statistics Canada and the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both countries conducted the same survey to gather information regarding: health status,…

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Users can download data sets and fact sheets regarding youth risk behaviors such as, physical activity, smoking, drug use, and sexual behaviors. Background The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state, territorial, tribal and local surveys conducted by other agencies. YRBSS monitors the health risk behaviors and prevalence rates of obesity and…

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Background Users can gather information regarding health risk behaviors and health conditions. Examples of topics include: physical activity, sexual behaviors, health insurance coverage, and chronic diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys and is the largest telephone health survey (almost 350,000 adults are interviewed each year). State-specific/ representative information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices,…

ENACT Local policy database

Background Users can search for local nutrition policy and physical activity legislation. Topics include but are not limited to nutrition, physical activity, fresh food, land use, walk ability, and exercise. The ENACT policy database is funded by the California Endowment and maintained by the Prevention Institute and the Strategic Alliance. The Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments was formed in 2001 to serve as a hub for cutting-edge…

Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI)

Background Users can generate and download tables on risk factors (such as nutrition and tobacco use) and conditions (such as diabetes and cancer) related to chronic diseases. Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) is a surveillance system of chronic disease data and is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Consistent definitions and methodologies for collecting information on the indicators allow for state to state comparisons. There are 98…

State Legislative and Regulatory Action to Prevent Obesity and Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity

Background Users can search for current food policy and obesity legislation filed by Congress, states, and select cities and counties. Topics include but are not limited to obesity prevention, physical activity, nutrition, food access, school nutrition, and weight bias. The State Legislative and Regulatory Action to Prevent Obesity and Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity was created by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO). Users will be able…

FastStats

Background Users can quickly get statistics on a variety of health topics, including: accidents, mortality, childbirth, anemia, drug use and marriage. FastStats is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provides quick statistics on a variety of public health topics. Data Notes From an alphabetical list, users can click on a specific topic of interest and have access to the basic statistics. From there, users can click…

Trust for America’s Health

Background Users can look at state level data related to a variety of public health topics including but not limited to obesity, cancer, AIDS, tobacco, preterm birth, sexually transmitted infections, insurance coverage, key public health indicators, public health preparedness, and public health funding indicators. The State Health Facts are maintained by the Trust for America’s Health. The Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting the…

Global InfoBase

Background Users can view cross-nationally comparable information pertaining to chronic diseases and their causes for the 193 WHO member states. The Global InfoBase is a database maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO). This database provides information pertaining to chronic diseases and their risk factors for WHO member states. Topics include: alcohol use, overweight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, diet, physical activity, oral health, stroke, and tobacco use. Data Notes Users…