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USDA announces new Web-based mapping tool

Staff reports

USDA officials have announced the creation of a new Web-based mapping tool, Your Food Environment Atlas, which will enable researchers, policy makers, and the public to find information on a range of factors that affect access to healthy, affordable food, and will allow users to map the data by county.

The map will provide highly detailed information on local food environments and health outcomes, including grocery store access and disease and obesity prevalence.

The atlas will help to jump-start a national discussion on childhood nutrition, health, and well-being. It is at http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas.