Data and Policy Development


Data and Policy Development

The goal of this program area is to establish a baseline health status for Hoosiers and to obtain accurate and unbiased data. With high-quality data, our policies for healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention will have greater focus and strength.

One of our first projects is a school height and weight data collection project. Across the state, all school children (k-12) will have their height and weight measurements collected this fall. This project will help determine the prevalence of obesity in our school children and also create a baseline for our school children’s health status. For additional information, please go to Measuring Guidelines.

According to the 2005 Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 15% of students grades 9th through 12th were overweight, which is a statistically significant increase from the 2003 YRBS results of 11.5%. Additionally, 2005 YRBS data shows that 14.3% of Indiana students were at risk for becoming overweight.

According to the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 35.1% of Indiana residents are overweight and 27.3% are obese: ranking Indiana the 10th most obese state. According to the statistics we are not getting any better. According to the 2003 data, 36.6% were overweight and 25.5% were obese, ranking Indiana the 9th most obese state.

Helpful Links:
The annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report provides information on overweight and obesity by age, race/ethnicity, sex, household income, education and marital status.
The Trust for America's Health released a report on obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on the website pertaining to overweight and obesity, including contributing factors, health consequences and economic consequences.

This site offers data on fruit and vegetable consumption among Indiana high students.

This site offers data on physical activity among Indiana high students.