Environments Supporting Healthy Eating Index
AACORN (African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network) recently launched the Environments Supporting Healthy Eating (ESHE) Index to measure a county’s access to healthier foods, and compare it to other areas at the county or state level. ESHE is a free, standardized scoring tool for describing food environments in terms of their support for healthy eating. ESHE is different from other indices, as it weights and ranks multiple variables including: community nutrition environment, organizational environments, food prices and information environment. The numerical results combine county and state indicators that are publicly available and can be updated to monitor change over time.