By environment we mean physical, social, economic, or communication environment that affect people’s choices about food and physical activity.

An “environmental scan” helps identify the factors in a community that help and/or hinder people from making healthy choices. A variety of tools are available, such as:

  • Safety audits of walking and biking routes
  • Inventories of healthy food choices in supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants
  • Mapping of local food and physical activity resources Documenting access to and affordability of resources
  • Policy audits to identify government laws and regulations and the policies of organizations and businesses that relate to healthy eating and physical activity.

 

TOOLS FOR ASSESSING THE ENVIRONMENT

1. Community Assessment Flow Chart - PowerPoint

2. Assessing the Food Environment

  • Restaurant Assessment Form – PDF
  • Supermarket and Convenience Store Assessments – PDF
  • Corner Store Evaluation Sample Survey – PDF

3. Assessing the Physical Activity Environment

  • Physical Activity Community Assessment – PDF
  • Walkability Checklist – PDF
  • Tips on Leading a Walking Audit – PDF
  • Scouting Goals and Tips for Taking Pictures – PDF
  • Walk Audit Report Example: West Side Elementary School – PDF
  • Bikeability Checklist – PDF
  • Physical Activity Opportunity Inventory for Facilities – PDF

4. Assessment Report Example: "Survey of Community Need and Assets Related to Youth Physical Activity and Healthy Eating"  (Vermillion, 2010) – PDF