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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Rural Households Account for Nearly One-fifth of U.S. Food-insecure Households
Pie chart showing the proportion of food insecure households in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in 2016.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Independent Grocery Stores in the Changing Landscape of the U.S. Food Retail Industry
Examines the performance of independent U.S. grocery stores in 2015, and reports on changes in the prevalence and performance of these stores between 2005 and 2015. Highlights the important role of rural independent grocery stores as employers, tax generators, and sources of healthy and specialty foods.
Author(s): Clare Cho, Richard Volpe
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Leveling the Playing Field for Rural Students
Provides a snapshot of rural schools and discusses the challenges they face. Challenges include how to provide new, high quality educational opportunities, health barriers that affect learning, providing career and technical education programs, food insecurity for rural children, and investments in rural schools.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Superintendents Association
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The Share of SNAP Households That Live Far from a Supermarket or Large Grocery Store Varies by County
Map showing 2015 county-level data on the percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households that lived far from the nearest supermarket or large grocery store, more than 1 mile in urban areas or more than 10 miles in rural areas.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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SNAP Declines Continue in 2016, but Not for Rural Places
Line chart showing the percent of households that report receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance from 2007 through 2016, comparing city, rural, and suburban trends.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 11/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Neighborhood Resources to Support Healthy Diets and Physical Activity Among US Military Veterans
Results of a study using data from 2013 to describe residential environments of veterans, in regard to availability of food and recreational opportunities. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by six levels of urbanicity, including micropolitan and noncore.
Author(s): Elizabeth Tarlov, Shannon N. Zenk, Stephen A. Matthews, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Examination of the Effect of SNAP Benefit and Eligibility Parameters on Low-Income Households
Examines whether or not policies determining benefit levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reflect current spending patterns of low-income households in the United States. Includes statistics, such as a rural versus urban comparison of low-income household spending and average spending by low-income household characteristic and expenditure type, among others.
Author(s): Decision Demographics and Mathematica
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Maryland Food Charter: A Roadmap to a Healthy and Sustainable Food System
Details values, goals, and recommendations of food system stakeholders throughout Maryland and encourages coordination and collaboration for a healthy, equitable, economically and environmentally sustainable food system. Includes recommendations for the five major food system sectors: production and processing, distribution, access, consumption, and recovery.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Institute for Public Health Innovation
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Marketing Strategies to Encourage Rural Residents of High-Obesity Counties to Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Grocery Stores
Examines the relationship between 17 rural Appalachian Kentucky grocery stores' social marketing efforts to promote healthy eating and the frequency of fruit and vegetable purchases. Features statistics on survey participants' demographics and influence of recipe cards on purchase of ingredients including fruits and vegetables.
Author(s): Emily Liu, Tammy Stephenson, Jessica Houlihan, Alison Gustafson
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials
A collection of key maps and charts on a range of topics related to agriculture and rural communities. Includes charts on rural poverty, unemployment, population change, and food insecurity.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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