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NTR 423 Community/International Nutrition: Welcome

Local, regional, and national sources for statistics on nutrition-related health status plus socioeconomic status.

Cultural Information

Search for food customs, food habits, traditions, and practices of a country or cultural group.

The call number areas TX 357 and TX 353 tend to have books on these topics.  Here are some sources to try:



  • On the same topic may vary from source to source, depending on how the data were collected and analyzed, and reported. Always doublecheck what is being reported and the source of the data.
  • Can be reported in a variety of ways, including:
    • As a brief summary or report published in a journal article or on a web page
    • Selected data posted in an online system which allows you to build your own report
    • As a full data set made available for download and manipulation in Excel, SPSS, or some other data analysis software

-Health Data on the Web, Public Health Information & Data Tutorial

Availability of information on your topic

It takes quite a bit of time to run a survey, handle the results, then make them public. Don't be discouraged if you see the perfect statistic for your topic but it looks several years old.

As a general rule, health related statistics are more available:

  • On topics that have been flagged as public health targets (obesity, diabetes, cancer, amount of exercise or vegetable intake, etc.)
  • For the most numerous population groups (White, African American, Hispanic) or those that have been flagged as public health targets
  • At the regional or state level than at the local level

IF you decide to research lower-visibility topics or populations, you will almost certainly not find data for Guilford County. Your best bet would be to search for a survey carried out somewhere else and published on the web or in a journal article. Try searching your topic in Google or in PubMed.

Vital and Health Statistics

Current Health Statistics from the Guilford County Department of Public Health - the annual Guilford County Data Book typically includes leading leading causes of death, communicable diseases, maternal and child health (teen pregnancy rates, birth weights) and injuries. Handy if you want a quick snapshot of leading causes of death. A newer and niftier offering from this office is the Health Status of Guilford County Map Databook 2008

To find a list of the most common causes of death in Guilford county classified by year, county, race, gender, age, and Hispanic origin, search Leading Causes of Death in North Carolina (North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics)

If you'd like to search for statistics on a particular cause of death in a particular population in Guilford County, use the Detailed Mortality Search from the NC SCHS.

Also available from the NC SCHS: North Carolina Live Birth Data - Find Guilford County birth counts by year, mother's race, age, Hispanic origin, and education, child's gender and birth weight, as well as trimester prenatal care began, plurality of birth, and gestation period.

Printing/downloading from the NC SCHS: Results from these searches are displayed in html UNLESS you check the box titled Download to MS Excel at the bottom of the search screen.

Health Data Available from NCSCHS (North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics) - includes

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - Random telephone survey of state residents aged 18 and older conducted by state health departments (including N.C.) with support from the Centers for Disease Control. State and some county data available (the most detailed data are available at the STATE level)

BRFSS Annual Survey Results

  1. Choose 2007 then Guilford County. Lots of info here! The most interesting categories for you will probably be North Carolina Added Questions
  2. Choose a topic such as Risk Factors > Adults who have a BMI greater than 25
  3. Note the title and description above the chart.
  4. Looking down this chart, note the racial breakdown (White and Other). If you change the demographic group to African American Female, what happens to the chart?

Print/download: Statistics are displayed in a web page. You must use your web browser's file commands to print or save.

Child Health Assessment and Monitoring (CHAMP) - Survey about children aged 0 - 17. Only state level data. First implemented January 2005. Choose Annual Survey Results to see most recent results. Topics include breastfeeding, nutrition, food insecurity, etc.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) - Survey of N.C. mothers who have recently given birth. State level, some regional also available. Guilford County is located in the Northwest Region. 2001 - 2003 topics include alcohol use, breastfeeding, folic acid, mother's BMI before pregnancy, etc.

You have a choice between most recent data or geographically closest data (all state level except some older results that are broken down by region, including P.C. Region II Northwest, which includes Guilford and other northwestern counties).

  1. Set Choose a Region to P.C. Region II Northwest
  2. Choose a topic, such as Alcohol Use
  3. Choose a question, such as Alcohol Use in the Past 2 Years

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (Centers for Disease Control) - Surveys of 9th-12th grade students. For North Carolina, local data is only available for Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. Surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and by state and local departments of health and education. Youth Online: Comprehensive Results is the online reporting system.

Youth Online: North Carolina topics include dietary behaviors, alcohol and other use, etc.

      1. Choose a topic such as dietary behaviors
      2. Choose a response such as Ate carrots 2007
      3. Set Column to Grade
      4. Row 1 to Sex
      5. Hit Go button
Print/download: Results are displayed in web page form. Use your browser's file commands to print or save.

CDC Wonder

Access to public health reports and data on a variety of topics. Some systems provide data at the county level.

Demographic & Socioecomic Statistcs

State and County QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau) - Brief report includes total population, population by race/ethnicity, and totals for educational attainment, income, etc.

American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau) - Gateway to U.S. Census Data, including the American Community Survey. This annual survey includes information on population, education, income, and more. There are a great number of detailed tables available for you to search and use.

DemographicsNow - Database that allows you to see and compare population, income, and race/ethnicity at the county, place, and even zip code level.

SimplyMap (U.S. demographic & market data)
Provides U.S. demographic, business, and market data as maps or tables, down to the Census block level. Requires you to set up an account w/email address and password :(

Health Sciences Librarian

Lea Leininger
(336) 256-0125