Florida Roadmap to Healthy Living
The Florida state Agriculture Department launched an online map (right) identifying "food deserts" and pockets of residents with nutrition-related health problems to help in response. Florida's Roadmap to Living Healthy is the first use of GIS to identify resource limitations statewide per commissioner Adam Putnam. It's build on ArcGIS Online and a two page PDF explains how to use it. Putnam has been pushing GIS for some time; I met him at the 2004 Esri Fed UC.
California West Nile Cases at All Time High
Orange County leads the state in reported cases, with 61, followed by Los Angeles County with 24 and Fresno County with 23. Here's a PDF map of cases by California county via the state’s West Nile Virus website.
Latest on Obesity in the U.S.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sums up the latest CDC data:
According to the most recent data, two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent, 20 states have rates at or above 30 percent, 43 states have rates at or above 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of obesity at 35.1 percent, while Colorado have the lowest rate at 21.3 percent. All 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South or Midwest. Northeastern and Western states comprise most of the states with the lowest rates of obesity. Between 2012 and 2013, six states showed statistically significant increases in adult obesity — Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming.
There are interactive temporal maps, too.
Investment in GPS-enhanced Inhalers
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health makes a small device that fastens to an inhaler and uses GPS to report when and where the inhaler was used. The information is reported to an app, and the data can be accessed by healthcare providers, who might gain insights on how to treat the patient’s condition.
With its second round of funding the company launched in 2010 has now raised $27M in funding to date.