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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Overweight and Physical Inactivity among Rural Children Aged 10-17: A National and State Portrait
Examines the presence of overweight and obesity among children in both rural and urban settings using the data from a national survey.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Jihong Liu, Kevin J. Bennett, Nusrat Harun, et al.
Date: 05/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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The 2005 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes chapters focused on collaborations in rural communities, rural access to obstetrical services, and obesity in rural communities. Also examines rural welfare reform, including barriers faced by TANF recipients in the areas of transportation, child care, and the rural labor market. Includes recommendations to address these issues.
Date: 04/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Nebraska City, Nebraska, June 6-8, 2004
Minutes from a June 2004 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Meeting included a panel discussion about healthcare in Nebraska, as well as discussion from the subcommittees looking at access to obstetrical services, obesity, and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
Date: 06/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Weight, and Weight Control Activities Among Non-Metro Minority Adults
Reports on hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol screening, weight control, and exercise among rural populations, with an emphasis on rural minorities.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: Diagnostic Risk Factors & Improvement Activities Among Rural African Americans, Fact Sheet: Diagnostic Risk Factors & Improvement Activities Among Rural Hispanics
Author(s): P. Daniel Patterson, Charity G. Moore, Janice C. Probst, Michael E. Samuels
Date: 12/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)
Highlights the results of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) for high school and middle school students in New Mexico. Features county-level reports on youth substance use, unintentional injury, and physical activity, among other factors.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico School of Medicine
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Wisconsin Health Atlas: Obesity
Reports on Wisconsin obesity trends from 2015 to 2016. Includes analysis by age and rurality, and provides zip code level data for adult and childhood obesity rates.
Additional links: Full Report
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Catalogue of Surveillance Systems
Listing of over 100 publicly available datasets relating to childhood obesity and research. Catalogue is searchable by key words and can be filtered by scope, variables, age groups, racial/ethnic groups, design, and cost. Includes datasets with rural specific information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. Describes the program serving Wahoo and its surrounding communities. Provides education and advocacy for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned of community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska, regarding an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center successfully implemented a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), to reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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