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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Presents the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the Center for Rural Health for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in North Dakota. Includes information on workforce, economic, and mental health issues, and the emerging trends and needs for CAHs.
Author(s): Karin L. Becker
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
Develops an actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts. Includes information and tools related to evaluating obesity prevention efforts, with the goal that the most promising interventions will be adopted more widely. Includes some discussion of challenges related to rural program evaluation. Appendix E features tools and methods used to evaluate programs and identifies those that were used in a rural setting.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Nutritional Status and Socio-Ecological Factors Associated with Overweight/Obesity at a Rural-Serving US-Mexico Border University
Examines the prevalence of obesity and environmental factors associated with promoting weight gain and not being conducive to weight loss at a U.S.–Mexico border university serving rural populations.
Author(s): Susan Wilson, Amanda Gallivan, Cindy Kratzke, Anup Amatya
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(4), 2228
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
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Comparing Costs of Telephone Versus Face-to-Face Extended Care Programs for the Management of Obesity in Rural Settings
Describes and compares program costs and cost-effectiveness for 12-month extended care lifestyle maintenance programs following an initial 6-month weight loss program for women in rural Florida. Delivery methods for extended care lifestyle programs include telephone counseling, group face-to-face counseling, and mailed newsletters without counseling.
Author(s): Tiffany Radcliff, Linda Bobroff, Lesley Lutes, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(9), 1363-1373
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
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Effect of an Environmental School-Based Obesity Prevention Program on Changes in Body Fat and Body Weight: A Randomized Trial
Examines the efficacy of two school-based programs to prevent weight gain and increased body fat in overweight children, grades 4 through 6, from rural Louisiana communities. Includes baseline characteristics of the study population, statistics and data on changes in the percent body fat and BMI over time based on prevention strategies in the school-based programs.
Author(s): D. A. Williamson, C. M. Champagne, D. Harsha, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(8), 1653-1661
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
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Obesity-Related Hospitalizations, 2004 versus 2009
Provides data on hospital stays with obesity as a primary or secondary diagnosis. Table 1 provides information by location of patient residence, urban or rural, for obesity-related hospitalizations in 2004 and 2009.
Author(s): Audrey J. Weiss, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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More than Black and White: Differences in Predictors of Obesity among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and European Americans
Analyzes predictors of obesity in rural Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, and European American undergraduate students by examining body mass index (BMI), exercise frequency, symptoms of psychiatric disorders, health outcomes, health status, and health behaviors.
Author(s): Alok Madan, Olga G. Archambeau, Vanessa A. Milsom, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(6), 1325-1328
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Access to Healthy Food: Challenges and Opportunities
Discusses food security, food deserts, food swamps, and the relationship between access to healthy food and obesity. Addresses access barriers for rural areas, such as a lack of transportation. Identifies legal and policy initiatives for increasing healthy food access.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Law Center
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Outcomes of a Weight Loss Intervention among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors
Examines a group weight loss program delivered to obese breast cancer survivors living in rural Kansas using conference call technology. Describes an intervention that includes a reduced calorie prepackaged diet, a gradual increase in physical activity, and weekly group phone sessions.
Author(s): Christie A. Befort, Jennifer R. Klemp, Heather Austin, et al.
Citation: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 132(2), 631-639
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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Telefit: Adapting a Multidisciplinary, Tertiary-Care Pediatric Obesity Clinic to Rural Populations
An overview of a tertiary-care hospital, with a pediatric obesity clinic, implementing telemedicine technology in four rural satellite clinics to reach rural children and to assess the impact on patients enrolling and remaining in pediatric obesity treatment.
Author(s): Megan B. Irby, Katherine A. Boles, Christine Jordan, et al.
Citation: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 18(3), 247-249
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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