NESAWG Work Group - Diet, Geography & Access


NESAWG Work Group - Diet, Geography & Access

This group is based on work that began at the "It Takes a Region" Conference hosted by NESAWG in Albany, NY, November 2009.

For the most recent working group notes, review the boxes labeled Discussion Forum, below, and Pages, below the members' list. Please note that we are in the midst of developing improved tools for sharing information within and among Work Groups.  We are also fundraising for a Work Group liaison, and will keep you posted!

Members: 20
Latest Activity: Aug 26

Discussion Forum

DGAP Data, Metrics and Indicators 3 Replies

To follow up from comments we heard at the 2011 meeting, we're starting this discussion as a space where we can each post the data, metrics or other indicators we are each collecting. Or what other…Continue

Started by Amanda Behrens. Last reply by Emily Piltch Aug 1, 2012.

What data are you looking for?

Please tell us what data sets, metrics or other indicators you are looking for, pertaining to Diet, Geography, Access and Public Health? We'll use this list, in addition to the "current state" list…Continue

Started by Amanda Behrens Jul 30, 2012.

Notes from 2011 Meeting

Hi everyone,Here are notes from the general session and two break-out groups from last year's meeting. In the coming weeks, we're going to start a discussion about references and resources pertaining…Continue

Started by Amanda Behrens Jul 20, 2012.

2010 Meeting follow up

Hi everyone, I've posted our notes from both Friday and Saturday, including the notes from our "Inventory Exercise" (in both Word and Excel). Please let us know if you have any…Continue

Started by Amanda Behrens Nov 23, 2010.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Amy Navin on November 14, 2010 at 10:00pm
I really enjoyed myself at the conference and I'm excited to be a part of the conversation. I look forward to learning from and working with you all! Amy
Comment by Amanda Behrens on November 5, 2010 at 3:28pm
Hi everyone,

As we are gearing up for the conference next weekend, we have
collected some of the most pertinent articles and papers that we have found on the DGAP topic. It would be helpful if we all can be familiar with them, so we're all on the same page for the Working Sessions at the conference. (Note: 2-4 require login access but should be available through most universities)

1. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition Special Issue – (FREE
access online)
Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets
and Healthier Communities
(Especially the first two articles)

2. Peters CJ, Bills NL, Lembo AJ, Wilkins JL, and GW Fick. Mapping
potential foodsheds in New York State: A spatial model for evaluating
the capacity to localize food production. Renewable Agriculture and
Food Systems: 24(1); 72–84. Published Online by Cambridge University Press 24 Feb 2009.

3. Peters CJ, Bills NL, Wilkins JL, and GW Fick. Foodshed analysis and
its relevance to sustainability. Renewable Agriculture and Food
Systems. 2008;23(4). Published online by Cambridge University Press 08 Dec 2008.

4. Peters CJ, Wilkins JL, and GW Fick. Testing a complete diet for
estimating the land resource requirements of food consumption and
agricultural carrying capacity: The New York State example. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 2007;22(2):145–153. Published Online by Cambridge University Press 04 Jul 2007.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Comment by Amanda Behrens on August 11, 2010 at 10:24am
We will be holding an open meeting at Tufts School of Nutrition, (150 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, Room TBA) on Monday, August 16th at 10:00am. The purpose of this meeting is to look at some of the agenda items from last year’s NESAWG meeting, and have these or emerging issues help to inform the fall NESAWG Diet, Geography and Access discussion. If you weren’t aware of the upcoming meeting in November, you can now register at

Please let us know if you can make it and/or if you would like to be part of the discussion. You can contact either me ( or Joanne Burke (
Comment by Ashley Colpaart on April 2, 2010 at 2:01pm
I'm on board everyone. Sorry for the delay.

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