Data for Decision-Making: Exploring the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity's Data, Trends, and Maps

Samantha J. Lange, Latetia V. Moore, Deborah A. Galuska
2019 Preventing Chronic Disease  
Public health practitioners need quick and easy access to reliable surveillance data to monitor states' progress over time, compare benchmarks nationally or among states, and make strategic decisions about priorities and resources. Data, Trends, and Maps (DTM) at is a free, online interactive database that houses and displays data on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, and obesity that practitioners can use for public health
more » ... action. Created in 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, DTM was updated and relaunched in April 2017 with the capability to customize and download data sets directly; DTM also has other user-friendly features, such as visualization options. Since its relaunch, DTM has received more than 386,000 page views from approximately 110,000 unique visitors. However, the potential exists for more widespread use of DTM if more public health practitioners understood what the site offered and how others have used it in the field. Here, we explain how public health practitioners can explore the most recent state-level data on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, and obesity and use this data to inform programmatic and policy efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. We demonstrate 3 different ways practitioners can visualize data (ie, Explore by Location, Explore by Topic, and the Open Data Portal) and present 3 real-world examples to highlight DTM's utility as a public health tool.
doi:10.5888/pcd16.190043 pmid:31560645 pmcid:PMC6795071 fatcat:wzguemqmxjezrecvrg7t3nbbga