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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Comparing the Effects of Teen Mentors to Adult Teachers on Child Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Outcomes in Appalachia
Explores a study of a school-based intervention that mentors young children to reverse obesity health risks in rural Appalachia. Compares two curriculum delivery methods, one using teen mentors and the other adult teachers. Assesses the effects of the number of mentoring sessions attended on the intended outcomes.
Author(s): Laureen H. Smith, Christopher Holloman
Citation: Journal of School Nursing, 29(5), 386-396
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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2012 Annual Report United States-Mexico Border Health Commission
Provides updates on Border Health Commission initiatives and activities in binationally-identified priority areas, while addressing specific accomplishments and proposed future actions.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Rural-Urban Differences in Health Behaviors and Implications for Health Status Among U.S. Cancer Survivors
Examines health behavior differences among rural and urban cancer survivors in the U.S. Determines associations between self-reported health status and health-related unemployment and associations between health behaviors and health status. Includes rural versus urban information on marital status, race/ethnicity, education, cancer type, health insurance, employment, BMI, smoking habits, alcohol use, and physical activity.
Author(s): Kathryn E. Weaver, Nynikka Palmer, Lingyi Lu, L. Douglas Case, Ann M. Geiger
Citation: Cancer Causes and Control, 24(8), 1481-1490
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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The South Texas Health Status Review: A Health Disparities Roadmap
Examines 35 health conditions and behavioral risk factors and how they affect rural and urban South Texans compared to Texans in other parts of the state and the U.S.
Author(s): Amelie G. Ramirez, Ian M. Thompson, Leonel Vela
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Randomized Controlled Trial Targeting Obesity-Related Behaviors: Better Together Healthy Caswell County
Details a study utilizing community-based participatory research principles to determine the effectiveness of providing access to group fitness classes twice a week, with and without weekly nutrition and physical activity education sessions in rural North Carolina.
Author(s): Jamie Zoellner, Jennie L. Hill, Karissa Grier, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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The Burden of Chronic Diseases in Missouri: Progress and Challenges
Reports on burdens, trends, and disparities of chronic disease in the state of Missouri. Includes discussion on the impact of rurality on the rate of chronic disease, healthcare coverage, and access to healthy food.
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
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A Church-Based Diet and Physical Activity Intervention for Rural, Lower Mississippi Delta African American Adults: Delta Body and Soul Effectiveness Study, 2010–2011
Study of 6-month-long interventions in 8 self-selected churches in 4 counties. Features statistics including sex, weight group, smoking status, employment, types of chronic disease and medication use, and levels of physical activity.
Author(s): Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, Jessica L. Thomson, Tanyatta Mayo, Emanuel Edmond
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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Promising Practices to Prevent and Address Obesity in Rural Communities
Provides resources and promising interventions for practitioners in rural communities to address and prevent obesity.
Author(s): Karen Harris Brewer, Heather Langerman
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Variation in Access to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Vending Machines Across Rural, Town and Urban High Schools
Describes variations in high school students' access to sugar-sweetened beverages through vending machines by geographic location, and offers an approach to analyze school vending machine foods. Includes rural versus urban data by vending machine beverage options and front advertisement.
Author(s): A. M. Adachi-Mejia, M. R. Longacre, M. Skatrud-Mickelson, et al.
Citation: Public Health, 127(5), 485-491
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
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The Community-Based Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention for Rural Preschools (CHIRP) Study: Design and Methods
Explores the design and methods for Community-based Healthy-lifestyle Interventions for Rural Preschools (CHIRP), a study in rural Florida. CHIRP assesses the effects of a behavioral family weight management intervention overweight young children and their parents. Table 2 lists the CHIRP study schedule of behavioral family intervention session topics.
Author(s): David M. Janicke, Crystal S. Lim, Anne E. Mathews, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials, 34(2), 187-195
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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