Population Profile

The Population Profile Worksheets can help you sort through all the data available from the U.S. Census Bureau about your community. Population data can tell you if your community is at a higher risk of poor health because of its economic status, racial composition, education level, or some other demographic factor. Population data is important to identifying health needs and in planning community-based nutrition and physical activity programs and services.


The Population Profile Summary Sheet includes some questions to help you analyze your population data, and it encourages you to record on one page the population data highlights. Another piece that may be helpful to you when using these population worksheets is the “Race and Ethnicity Overview.” It 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.


  Population Profile Worksheets : These worksheets will help you collect demographic data about your community

  Population Profile Summary Sheet : Use this 1-page worksheet to help you interpret and summarize your population 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.