Individual Dietary Behaviors

  • Breastfeeding
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Information on CDC’s evidence-based policy and environmental approach to breastfeeding protection, promotion and support, and other breastfeeding research and evaluation materials.
  • Children’s Nutrition Research Center
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
    Cooperative between several hospitals, universities, and agencies within the federal government aimed to provide research, resources, tools, and other supportive materials on the role of maternal, infant, and child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth.
  • Dietary Assessment Calibration/Validation Register
    National Cancer Institute
    Searchable register of calibration/validation studies and publications which compare dietary intake estimates from two or more dietary assessment methods.
  • Infant Feeding Practices Study II
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Compilation of statistical data, reports, and resources collected by agencies within the federal government as part of a consumer-based research study of mothers and infant feeding practices.
  • Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Data obtained from national survey of maternity care feeding practices and policies.
  • Register of Validated Short Dietary Assessment Instruments
    National Cancer Institute
    Searchable register of validated short dietary assessment instruments or screeners.

Individual Physical Activity Behaviors

  • Prevention Research Center Reports and Tools
    University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health
    Research collaborative that partners with other community and federal agencies to study and analyze levels of physical activity and develop strategies and tools to promote a physically active lifestyle.

Individual Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors

  • Center for Weight and Health
    University of California-Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, School of Public Health
    Compilation of research, resources, and tools established to develop and evaluate programs that support healthy eating and active living.
  • Community Intervention Planning Assessment Tools
    Cornell University
    Tools and surveys available to assess the food environment, the physical activity environment, or both.
  • CPRC Measures
    University of Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Center
    Assessment inventories of psychological measures that are available for research use to study exercise habits and weight control.
  • San Diego State University Measures & Surveys
    San Diego State University
    Compilation of measures and surveys available for download which pertain to diet behaviors, physical activity, and other related topics.
  • United Kingdom Diet and Physical Activity Measurement Toolkit
    Medical Research Council
    Toolkit and comprehensive resource of methods used to assess diet and physical activity.

Food Environment

  • Food Environment Atlas
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
    Interactive tool with 90 indicators of the food environment, and assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.
  • Healthy Eating Research Measurement Tools
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Research results, tools, and publications on environmental and policy studies that promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Nutrition Environments Measures Survey
    University of Pennsylvania
    Research and training program that surveys community and consumer nutrition environments to gather information on the type and location of food outlets, the availability of healthful choices and information, pricing, promotion, quality, and placement of healthier food products.
  • Measures of the Food Environment Website
    National Cancer Institute
    Searchable compilation of articles and instruments used to define and measure the food environment and its effects on dietary behavior.

Physical Activity Environment

  • Active Living Research Tools and Measures
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Compilation of tools and measures that are used to assess environments and physical activity, and surveys to assess perceptions of these environments as related to childhood obesity prevention and the promotion of active communities.
  • Applied Research, Standardized Surveys of Walking and Bicycling Database
    National Cancer Institute
    Database of questionnaires and other related studies assessing the duration and frequency of walking and bicycling in the non-disabled adult population.
  • Bridging the Gap and ImpacTeen
    Project focused on the economic, environmental, and policy influences on youth substance use, obesity, and physical activity that provides research, publications, data, and other supporting materials.


  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    National Quality Measures Clearinghouse
    Public database and website for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Information about BMI and interpreting BMIs for children, teens, and adults.
  • Cardia
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    A study examining the development and determinants of clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.
  • Center for Healthy Weight
    Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine
    Comprehensive research program and health care provider that provides information on patient care, research and clinical trials, community programs, education materials, and public policy strategies designed to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
  • Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    A collaboration of researchers, advocates, and other partners at the local, state, and national levels that work to identify and promote strategies to prevent childhood obesity through policy and environmental change.
  • Children’s BMI Tool for Schools
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Calculator tool through Microsoft Excel that computes BMI and BMI percentiles for individual children in a group using height and weight measurements, sex, date of birth, and date of measurement information that the user imports from a spreadsheet or data file.
  • Growth Charts
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Series of percentile charts that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in children based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.
  • Journal Supplement: Measurement of the Food & Physical Activity Environments
    National Cancer Institute
    Compilation of resources, articles, and research collected by agencies within the federal government and other partners regarding the effects of the community food and physical activity environments on individual diet and activity behavior.

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