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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Promising Practice: Sowing the Seeds of Healthy Eating in Rural Indiana
Illustrates how a training and education program for rural residents living in seven rural communities within the New Allen Alliance (NAA), a partnership of communities in eastern Allen County, Indiana, encourages healthy cooking, access to healthy foods, and improved health.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Disrupting Food Insecurity: Steps Communities Can Take
Offers possible solutions to challenges that affect families' ability to afford a healthy diet. Explores strategies developed specifically to meet needs of overlooked rural communities, including help with housing and transportation.
Additional links: Interactive Data Dashboard
Author(s): Caroline Ratcliffe, Elaine Waxman, Cary Lou, Hannah Hassani, Victoria Tran
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Food and Beverage Options at Highway Rest Areas in North Carolina: A Mixed-Methods Audit and Geospatial Approach
Results of a 2018 study to determine the accessibility and healthfulness of food and beverages available at 24 rural and 6 urban North Carolina rest areas. Features statistics on characteristics of the rest areas, including distance from limited-service restaurants or convenience stores.
Author(s): Jared T. McGuirt, Grace Huebner, Rachel Ward, Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Maternal and Child Health Assessment for American Indians and Alaska Natives Using a Women, Infants, and Children Program in Utah
Reports on the health indicators of pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants, and children within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities from 2014-2018. Data presented is derived from the Utah Department of Health's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Offers recommendations from professional healthcare organizations to improve the health of AI/AN pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants, and children.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center, Utah Department of Health
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Collaborating for Prosperity With American Indians and Alaska Natives: Rural Development Programs for Tribes, Tribal Families, Children, and Communities
Highlights the major USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Covers topics such as food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Features success stories of how these programs have been used in tribal communities. Also includes contact information for the RD office in each state.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Study of Food Safety Needs of Adult Day Care Centers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Identifies the food safety education needs of adult day care centers. Examines food safety knowledge gaps, preferences for receiving food safety education, and methods for communicating about food safety education resources. Includes information on rural, town, and urban adult day care centers.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Trends in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates: Fiscal Year 2010 to Fiscal Year 2017
Provides participation rates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by fiscal year. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Alma Vigil
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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The State of Obesity 2019: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity-related trends and topics. Offers policy recommendations to address obesity. Includes a special feature on racial and ethnic disparities in obesity. Provides data on obesity levels in rural areas and highlights programs developed to address obesity in rural communities. Includes state-level data on obesity and related chronic conditions, as well as obesity-related indicators and policies.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Daphne Delgado
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Community Coalitions for Change and the Policy, Systems, and Environment Model: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Addressing Obesity in Rural Tennessee
Reports on a community-based participatory initiative, Community Coalitions for Change (C3), to address obesity in four rural Tennessee counties. Discusses program results related to health education, physical activity, and healthy food choices.
Author(s): Heather Sedges Wallace, Karen L. Franck, Cori L. Sweet
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2018
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2018. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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