Additional Community Data Worksheets

The Race and Ethnicity Overview discusses why race and ethnicity data are relevant to people planning nutrition and physical activity programs. It also helps you understand the race and ethnicity numbers from the census data, and it includes suggested actions if your community includes racial and ethnic minority groups.


The Data Resources piece includes information on the government agencies involved with food and health data, information on the surveys you will use in the Nutrition & Physical Activity Profile Worksheets, and it lists some of the interactive databases that can generate state and local data for you.


The No Data Tip Sheet includes suggestions on what to do if you don’t have local-level community data.


The Community Data Summary Sheet is provided for you to list, in one place, all the health concerns you identified considering only community data. You should not be prioritizing concerns at this point that will happen later.


   Race and Ethnicity Overview : This piece provides some background on the importance of race and ethnicity data in planning programs

  Data Resources : This piece includes a brief description of the data sets that you will likely use

  No Data Tip Sheet : Ideas on what to do if you do not have local data

  Community Data Summary Sheet : Use this one page worksheet to help you summarize the health issues of your community considering the data




People work together in a number of ways, in coalitions, partnerships, committees, teams, task forces, and so on. The tools in Moving to the Future will help you no matter how your group is structured. To make Moving to the Future friendly to people working together in different ways, we use these group terms interchangeably. So, if you are working in a formal committee and Moving to the Future uses the word team, the information applies to you as well.


In Moving to the Future, the word program is defined broadly and could encompass any group of activities including projects, services, programs, and policy or environmental changes.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

In Moving to the Future, we often pair the wordnutrition with the phrase physical activity, as for example in “address the nutrition and physical activity needs” or “develop a nutrition and physical activity plan.” This does not suggest that these materials are only useful to people working on community-based nutrition AND physical activity programs. You can use the Moving to the Future resources to develop a plan focused only on nutrition or a plan focused only on physical activity. Moving to the Future provides guidance on a process–not on content. In fact, these materials could be adapted and used to develop a teen pregnancy prevention plan, for example, or a plan for any other community health priority.

Be Flexible & Realistic

Moving to the Future principles Flexible and Realistic are the bywords of this approach. The intent of Moving to the Future is to provide guidance. Use what is helpful and modify materials to meet your needs. Planning and implementing community-based programs is not work that can be done perfectly. Do the best you can, given your real-world limitations, and commit to making improvements every year.