Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia scored at or below the national average for the number of healthier food retailers using a new index developed by CDC. The new Modified Retail Food Environment Index (mRFEI) measures the number of healthy and unhealthy food retailers using a single number. Scores can range from 0 (no food retailers that typically sell healthier foods) to 100 (only food retailers that typically sell healthier foods). States with lower mRFEI scores have more retailers such as fast-food restaurants that tend to sell less healthy foods, and fewer food retailers such as supermarkets that sell healthier foods.
CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) focuses on changing our communities into places that support healthy eating and active living. DNPAO's primary activities change places and policies influencing obesity-related behaviors, healthy eating and active living in many settings.