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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Addressing Obesity in Nebraska's Youth: Water Consumption in Schools
Report details an effort to promote water consumption as a replacement for sugary beverages in order to combat obesity in Nebraska schools. Highlights ways the state has increased access to water fountains and water bottle filling stations. Compares rates of obesity to other states for children and adults.
Author(s): Jon Bailey
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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The Motivations and Needs of Rural, Low-Income Household Food Gardeners
Results of a study using surveys, interviews, and garden visits to households in rural, western Pennsylvania to explore behavior and motivations of rural food gardeners, and the challenges they face. Discusses the financial, spiritual, and ecological value of gardening, and opportunities for community support.
Author(s): Kate J. Darby, Taylor Hinton, Joaquin Torre
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(2), 1-15
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake Among Adults, by Residence in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties in 12 States and the District of Columbia, 2017
Results of a study measuring the sugar-sweetened beverage intake of 68,896 adults, using information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by frequency of intake, state, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Omoye Imoisili, Sohyun Park, Elizabeth A. Lundeen, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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The Best and Worst Places for Children in America
Includes an interactive map ranking states and counties on their ability to care for and protect children, with data on child poverty, COVID-19 vulnerability, and more. Users can select and compare counties on various threats to childhood, such as deaths before age 18, teen pregnancy, food insecurity, and school dropouts.
Additional links: The Land of Inopportunity: Closing the Childhood Equity Gap for America's Kids
Date: 2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Save the Children Federation, Inc.
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2020 Missouri Poverty Report
Report describing county-level statistics for Missouri as well as state-by-state comparisons on poverty rates and related factors. Provides statistics and data on poverty prevalence, health factors, access to hospitals, food uncertainty, and more. Includes rural/urban differences and offers suggestions for statewide improvements. Publication is free to access after providing a name and email address.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Missouri Community Action Network, Missourians to End Poverty
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Innovations in the Food System: Exploring the Future of Food
Summarizes presentations and discussions from an August 7-8, 2019 workshop held in Washington, D.C. Reviews the status of current and emerging knowledge concerning innovations for modern food systems and strategies for meeting future needs. Addresses different perspectives on food systems and includes a presentation on food system linkages to rural economic development.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Food and Nutrition Board
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development Annual Report 2019
Highlights the accomplishments of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development for 2019. Covers outreach and research initiatives on multiple topics such as rural economic development, food systems, and mental health.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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Poverty and Well-Being Map 2020
Highlights state-level, regional, and county-level data and statistics in Michigan. Includes information on the total population, median income, poverty, male and female life expectancy, single-parent households, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and more.
Date: 2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan
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An Examination of Dental Health Among Metropolitan and Appalachian Adolescents in Ohio
Analyzes data on adolescent males from Ohio to determine if a relationship exists between risk factors for poor dental health and rural/urban residence. Includes metropolitan and Appalachian comparisons for parent-reported dental health, recent dental visits, diet, tobacco use, age, race/ethnicity, and household income.
Author(s): Kyle Bader, Megan Roberts, Brittney Keller-Hamilton
Citation: Ohio Journal of Public Health, 2(2), 8-14
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Availability of Grocery Delivery to Food Deserts in States Participating in the Online Purchase Pilot
Research letter describing a study of the Online Purchase Pilot (OPP), which allows beneficiaries in 8 states to use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy groceries online. Includes statistics on the availability of grocery delivery among rural food desert census tracts and SNAP households in the 8 OPP states.
Author(s): Eric J. Brandt, David M. Silvestri, Jerold R. Mandi, Margaret L. Holland, Joseph S. Ross
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 2(12)
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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