Nutritional Environment Measures Survey


Using NEMS-S in a Latino Neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI (about 45 minutes) (2012)

Stephanie Calloway and Tatiana Maida of CORE/El Centro in Milwaukee, WI trained some promotoras to collect NEMS-S data. Learn about their project and results in this webinar. If you would like to contact them to learn more, email Stephanie at

If you’d like to view the webinar, click here.  If you would like to read more in-depth about their project, please go to the publications page.

The Chenango Health Network’s the Restaurant Project (about 25 mins) (2012)

The Chenango Health Network based in Norwich, NY conducted NEMS-R assessments almost two years ago. Based on the results, they along with their collaborators designed The Restaurant Project, an intervention with some of the restaurants. Chris McAvoy, the program coordinator would like to share more details about their project and their successes in this webinar on March 2, 2012.

If you’d like to view the webinar, click here.

The Children’s Menu Assessment (CMA) Tool and how it is being used to track policy change in California (2012)

On January 31, 2012, Becca Krukowski, PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Jennifer Otten, PhD, RD, Stanford Prevention Research Center presented on the use and scoring of the Children’s Menu Assessment tool and how the tool is being used to track the impacts of toy giveaway legislation in California.

Background: The Children’s Menu Assessment tool was adapted from the NEMS-R, to focus attention on restaurant children’s menus. This tutorial will provide training on the use of the tool, how to score it and an example of how it is being used in the field to track the impacts of California’s toy giveaway legislation – legislation prohibiting restaurants from distributing toy giveaways with meals, foods, and beverages not meeting minimal nutrition criteria. The tool and the instructions are attached and can also be found here)

NEMS-V: What is it and how it is changing Iowa and beyond!” (2012)

On January 26, 2012, Carol Voss of the Iowa Department of Public Health and Susan Klein of Iowans Fit for Life presented on Iowa’s experiences in using the NEMS vending machine assessment tool and its website development and how their project is leading to policy and environmental change in Iowa. If you’d like to contact Carol and Susan with questions, their emails are  and

  • If you’d like to view the webinar, click here.
  • If you’d like to go to the NEMS-V website, click here.

Omaha’s use of NEMS-S for their WIC Project (March 12, 2010)

During the March 12, 2010* State Nutrition Environment Workgroup webinar, Mary Baluff, MS, RD, LMNT, Chief of the Community and Health Nutrition Services from the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha, NE, presented on a community specific tool that was developed by the DCHD to better understand the adequacy of the retail food network and its capacity system to meet the demands of the new WIC food packages. *A combined report was compiled in 2015.

  • To view the webinar, please click here.
  • To view the original Omaha Nutrition Environment Measurement System, please click here.
  • A more detailed description of Omaha’s work can be found here
  • A 2018 report can be found here.

Assessing Kid’s Menus in Restaurants in Thurston County, Washington (April 16, 2010)

Making a Better Choice for Kids:  What Restaurants Have to Offer 

Washington State University Extension partnered with Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to investigate the availability of healthier children’s menu options at restaurants.  An adapted Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) was used to assess availability of healthier entrees, sides, and beverages listed on children’s menus.  All but nineteen potentially eligible restaurants in Thurston County, Washington were visited. After pre-testing and revising, surveys were completed by trained surveyors.  A total of 129 quick service and 161 sit down restaurants were visited between April-May 2008.  A children’s menu was present at 187 or 64% of all restaurants.  Menu text, meal names, and food items were sometimes ambiguous or difficult to read.   Zena Edwards, WSU Thurston County Extension Food Safety & Nutrition faculty will share lessons learned for conducting this type of assessment and plans for use of the data. 

  • To view the webinar, please click here.
  • To read a brief summary of their findings, click here
  • To view their sit-down assessment tool, click here.  
  • To view their quick service assessment tool, click here.

NCI’s Measures of the Food Environment
Web-based Compilation (June 4, 2010)

Jill Reedy and Sharon Kirkpatrick will provide an overview of NCI’s Measures of the Food Environment web-based compilation, which includes citations for peer-reviewed research encompassing the measurement of food environments, as well as many of the instruments used in the research.  The compilation currently includes articles (and associated instruments) published since 1990 related to food environments in stores, restaurants, schools, and worksites, and is being expanded to include measures of the home food environment.