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Developing a Fact Sheet

In some instances, a fact sheet about one specific issue identified in the PedNSS or PNSS data reports may be an effective way to communicate your point. Usually a fact sheet has only one or two main messages. Using concise facts and figures effectively can paint a clear picture of an issue that you want to highlight from your state PedNSS or PNSS data. Use a fact sheet to focus on what you want to accomplish. For example, you might develop a one-page fact sheet for state legislators on breastfeeding rates emphasizing differences within racial and ethnic groups with the purpose of garnering support for funding to increase breastfeeding interventions and consequently breastfeeding rates in the state.

When developing a fact sheet use the following guide for an effective presentation:

  • Be clear about who the audience is, their role in what you are trying to accomplish, and the facts needed that speak to the audience and their unique role in your goal.

  • Clearly state the purpose of the fact sheet up front.

  • Be concise and to the point.

  • If possible, use one page only. Columns can help with this.

  • Use visual images or graphics.

  • Consider a question and answer format and provide the answers you want the intended audience to have.


Example: Fact Sheet for Breastfeeding

[ 39k Word .doc | PDF - 98K* ]

In this example, the audience for this fact sheet is legislators and the purpose of the fact sheet is to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding, the low prevalence of breastfeeding in the low-income black population and the need for targeted interventions for this population.

Use the fact sheet on breastfeeding as an example to develop a similar fact sheet using your PedNSS data or use it as a guide to develop a fact sheet on another issue that you want to highlight.

*This document is available in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Acrobat Reader (a free application) to view and print this document.


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This page last updated March 04, 2010

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity