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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Association of the Built Environment with Physical Activity and Adiposity in Rural and Urban Youth
Examines if differences exist between body mass index (BMI) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) between rural and urban youth and determines if perceived and objective measures of environmental supports for physical activity have a difference in correlation with BMI and MVPA in rural and urban youth. Includes environmental characteristic data by BMI and MVPA.
Author(s): Justine B. Moore, Jason Brinkley, Thomas W. Crawford, Kelly R. Evenson, Ross C. Brownson
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 56(2), 145-148
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
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Where Are They Now? Continuing to Reach Out (and Dance) in California
Update to a Rural Monitor Around the Country article featuring California's Reach Out program, which offers wellness programs and helps community members through advocacy, social services, and referrals to healthcare providers.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Obesity Prevention Resources
Highlights resources addressing obesity.
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Promotion Programs Continue to Combat Growing Obesity Epidemic
Provides an update on three obesity programs previously featured in the Rural Monitor. Includes programs in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Arizona Health Equity Stakeholder Strategies
A report from the Arizona Health Disparities Center (AHDC) to address the existence and root causes of health disparities in the state and to develop strategies to overcome them. Discusses issues in rural areas such as access, limited transportation, and the need for incentives to encourage workforce placement.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Addressing Rural Health Disparities Through Policy Change in the Stroke Belt
Examines the feasibility and acceptability of 24 Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention (COCOMO) strategies based on local culture, infrastructure, funding, and community support by surveying and interviewing residents from rural Lenoir County, North Carolina.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Tosha W. Smith, Linden Maya Thayer, et al.
Citation: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 19(6), 503-510
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Rural Oregon Community Perspectives
Provides an overview of the Lincoln County Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) in rural Oregon as it transitioned into a Community Health Improvement and Research Partnership (CHIRP). Describes the transition, including research training to grow the focus from CHIP to CHIRP, research studies to address existing local health problems, and includes lessons learned throughout the transition.
Author(s): Julia Young-Lorion, Melinda M. Davis, Nancy Kirks, et al.
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 7(3), 313-322
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Implementing the Obesity Care Model at a Community Health Center in Hawaii to Address Childhood Obesity
Describes a comprehensive care strategy based on the Obesity Care Model implemented in a rural community health center to reduce childhood obesity in Hawaii. Analysis includes healthcare delivery changes to establish quality improvement, capacity and team-building activities, and the use of project community level data to strengthen community engagement and investment. Project framework is provided through an an academic-community partnership.
Author(s): May Okihiro, Michelle Pillen, Cristeta Ancog, Christy Inda, Vija Sehgal
Citation: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(2), 1-11
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Implementation of Environmental and Policy Interventions to Support Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Rural Communities
Identifies policies being used in rural communities to promote wellness, physical activity, and healthy eating to combat obesity. Discusses barriers to implementation of these policies and strategies to overcome them.
Author(s): Ellen K. Barnidge, Catherine Radvanyi, Kathleen Duggan, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 97-105
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Individual-, Family-, Community-, and Policy-Level Impact of a School-Based Cardiovascular Risk Detection Screening Program for Children in Underserved, Rural Areas: The CARDIAC Project
Examines the evidence of sustainability and successful impact of Coronary Artery Risk Detection In Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC), a school-based cardiovascular risk detection program, for children who are obese and overweight in underserved, rural Appalachian West Virginia.
Author(s): Lesley Cottrell, Collin John, Emily Murphy, et al.
Citation: Journal of Obesity, 732579
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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