Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida's Roadmap To Living Healthy

“Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” is a new way of looking at information about health and nutrition in our state. The map uses GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology to visualize data. It can help government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations identify gaps in services and improve access to nutritious food.

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What the Map Shows Us

The interactive, online map includes all the available data on:

  • Florida’s food deserts (areas without ready access to quality retail grocery stores)
  • Floridians eligible for SNAP (food stamp) benefits
  • Death rates from diet-related illnesses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers

On top of this data, the map overlays data on the resources available to provide people with nutrition education and healthful food. The map locates county health departments and free clinics that offer patients dietary guidance. It tells us if there are food banks, food pantries and farmers markets in the area.

All this information can help identify communities at the greatest risk for nutrition-related health problems. It enables decision-makers to see where resources are and where they are needed.

How We Can Put the Map to Work

The map has many potential uses:

  • The data will establish a benchmark so future progress can be measured.
  • The data can serve as a basis for grants so available funds get to the communities that most need them.
  • The data will show which strategies are most effective in improving the health and well-being of communities.
  • The data will help organizations make more-informed decisions about how to use limited resources.

Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy is available to everybody. It’s free and customizable. By overlaying your own organization’s data, you can adapt the map to your needs.

The map has the potential to help us make real impact on the quality of life in Florida. By improving access to nutritious food, we can reduce diet-related illnesses, reduce the strain on our healthcare system, improve academic performance, and improve workplace productivity.

Note: The Roadmap to Living Healthy and associated data are updated annually in September to reflect new or improved information.


Justin Mandrup-Poulsen
(850) 617-7133