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Rural Health
News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Sep 9, 2019 - A recent University of Illinois study found that child care providers in rural areas of the state may qualify for lower reimbursement through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program because of eligibility guidelines based on the number of low-income families being served.
Source: WCBU Peoria Public Radio
Sep 3, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to codify new and revised statutory requirements included in the 2018 Farm Bill. These include a revision of the minimum Federal share of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) administrative costs and mandatory administrative match requirement amounts, revision of the administrative match waiver requirement, and other changes related to the administrative match requirements. The rule is effective September 3, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 3, 2019 - A recent study published in Health Affairs examined whether offering discounts on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables increased buyer behavior for rural low-income populations in Maine.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
Aug 22, 2019 - Highlights a program offered by the University of Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Service to help people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, including opioid misuse. The programs are funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and include 8-week classes in several rural communities in the state focused on life skills such as healthy eating.
Source: Kentucky Health News
Aug 14, 2019 - Radio segment highlighting the impact of the loss of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Program on schools in rural Vermont. While fewer students are living in poverty, many still face food insecurity.
Source: Vermont Public Radio
Aug 8, 2019 - Adult obesity rates in Colorado are much higher among minorities than among whites. Residents of Lake County are promoting exercise and healthy eating for children and adults, through programs such as a community garden and initiatives geared toward public school students. Includes a state-level map showing rates of obesity as of 2017.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 7, 2019 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 2, 2019 - Comments are invited on whether the information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, and ways to enhance the quality of information and minimize the burden of information collection. Comments are due October 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2019 - The Summer Food Bus is one of a number of programs designed to help food insecure counties in Appalachian Ohio. Other programs like the Chesterhill Produce Auction help local farmers and the region's economy.
Source: Civil Eats
Jul 29, 2019 - Radio interview and transcript regarding differences in rural and urban access to healthcare, food programs, housing, and transportation in New Hampshire, with a focus on poverty. Guests include Jessica Carson from the Carsey School of Public Policy and Greg Schneider from Southern New Hampshire Services.
Source: New Hampshire Public Radio