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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Risks to Health Among American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students in the United States
Examines leading health risks among nationally representative sample of American Indian/Alaska Native high school students and compares rates to other racial/ethnic groups. Includes statistical breakdowns by frequency of cigarette and alcohol use, weight status, physical activity level, television and computer use, and healthy food intake.
Author(s): Sherry Everett Jones, Khadija Anderson, Richard Lowry, Holly Conner
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(4)
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
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Obesity and Related Health Behaviors Among Urban and Rural Children in the United States: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004 and 2005-2006
Evaluates and compares the rates of overweight, obesity and related health behaviors among rural and urban children using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Author(s): Ann McGrath Davis, Kevin J Bennett, Christie Befort, Nikki Nollen
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36(6), 669-676
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
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The 2011 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on rural childhood obesity, place-based initiatives for rural early childhood development, and rural implications of accountable care organizations and payment bundling. Includes recommendations to address these issues and provides appendices describing the 2010 site visits.
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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I Wish I Was in Dixie County Walks
Highlights Dixie County Walks, a six week walking challenge in Florida.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Intervention Programs Target Childhood Chronic Disease
Highlights rural health intervention programs, such as the CARDIAC Project in West Virginia, that are using school screenings to identify children at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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School-Based Programs Help Children Shape Up
Highlights rural schools working nutrition education and increased physical activity into their curriculums in an effort to combat childhood obesity.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Upstream Ecological Risks for Overweight and Obesity Among African American Youth in a Rural Town in the Deep South, 2007
Data from interviews with adult African American community members who interact with youth in varying contexts in a small southeastern Georgia town. Presents their perception that factors including the built environment, laws and policies, and issues such as race and class contribute to the prevalence and perpetuation of obesity.
Author(s): Alison J. Scott, Rebecca F. Wilson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(1)
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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Receipt of Preventive Counseling Among Reproductive-aged Women in Rural and Urban Communities
Investigates the association between rurality and receiving preventive counseling among women in Central Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, Carol Weisman
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 11(1), 1617
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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2011 Annual Report
Highlights the work of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission in 2011. Discusses the commission's strategic priorities, such as access to care, tuberculosis, and obesity and diabetes, among others.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Veterans Evaluate Telehealth MOVE!: VISN 12's Clinical Video Telehealth Initiative
Discusses a weight loss program called MOVE! for veterans to address behavior, physical activity, and nutrition. Highlights the benefit of delivering the weight management program over video telehealth equipment for rural veterans.
Author(s): Thomas F. Klobucar, Stacy Wittrock, Isatu Hughes
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers
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