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Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office


USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment: Draft for Public Comment

This scientific assessment reviews new literature on the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. including temperature related death and illness, air quality, vectorborne disease, water problems, food safety, extreme weather and mental health.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program


Retail Food Service Inspections

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition

Collects inspection information developed by local public health departments and offers information about restaurants and violations via an interactive database.  Developed by students at the University of Maryland


Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update—July 2013 Through June 2014 Average

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Transportation

Shows trends in average consumer expenditures for such basics as food, housing, apparel, health care, and transportation.  Healthcare represented the highest percentage increase at 11.3%.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel To Get There?

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Compares food shopping patterns of SNAP and WIC households to nonparticipant households and food-insecure to food-secure households.  Finds that poorer households are less likely to drive their own car, but rely on others, walk, bike, or take public transit.   From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Temporal Trends in Fast-Food Restaurant Energy, Sodium, Saturated Fat, and Trans Fat Content, United States, 1996-2013

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Surveys items from 3 national fast-food chains to measure trends in intake of sodium, saturated fats, and other risky ingredients.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Food Access Research Atlas

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Maps/Geography,Statistics

Presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility and more.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


The Effects of Potential Cuts in SNAP Spending on Households with Different Amounts of Income

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Govt Finance,Welfare/Social Services

In an average month in FY2014, 47 million people or one in seven U.S. residents received federal food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  This report examines several options for reducing spending for the program as demanded by some in Congress and the potential effects on households of varying incomes.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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