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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Commute Times, Food Retail Gaps, and Body Mass Index in North Carolina Counties
Examines potential impact that longer commute times and limited access to affordable, healthy food have on the rural obesity disparity. Includes statistical breakdowns by age, weight status, race, education, and income level.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott, Haiyong Liu, Justin B. Moore, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(5)
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 15-17th, 2010
Minutes from the 66th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). The meeting included discussions on childhood obesity in rural communities and the rural implications of accountable care organizations and payment bundling.
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Chronic Disease Risk Factors Among Alaska Native and American Indian People, Alaska, 2004-2006
Summary of data collected from a large population of adult American Indian/Alaska Native people in 26 Alaska communities, and comparison with U.S. overall population. Includes statistical breakdowns by sex, age group, ethnicity, weight status, and levels of cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure.
Author(s): Diana G. Redwood, Anne P. Lanier, Janet M. Johnston, Elvin D. Asay, Martha L. Slattery
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(4)
Date: 07/2010
Type: Document
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Charleston, South Carolina, June 14-16, 2010
Minutes from the June 14-16, 2010, NACRHHS meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. NACRHHS provides recommendations on rural health and human services issues to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Meeting included discussions on the following topics: childhood obesity, Early Head Start programs, and rural implications of payment bundling and accountable care organizations.
Date: 06/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation: White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President
Discusses children's health and the epidemic of childhood obesity. Discusses the challenges facing children in underserved rural communities across the country.
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity
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Racial, Socioeconomic, and Rural-Urban Disparities in Obesity-Related Bariatric Surgery
Presents research that examines the difference between rural residents receiving bariatric surgery to combat obesity and their urban counterparts. Describes how Medicare and Medicaid play a role in access to care.
Author(s): Amy E. Wallace, Yinong Young-Xu, David Hartley, William B. Weeks
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Identifies promising approaches local governments can use to address childhood obesity. Chapter 2, Acting Locally, includes an example from a rural Montana community.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Health Disparities: A Rural-Urban Chartbook
Presents data on health disparities experienced by people living in rural America. Includes national and state-level data on health status, health behaviors, healthcare access, preventive care, and diabetes care.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: Health Disparities: A Rural-Urban Chartbook, Fact Sheet: Progress in Women's Cancer Screening, But Colon Cancer Lags, Fact Sheet: Rural Minorities Lag on Flu, Pneumonia Immunization
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Bankole Olatosi, Janice C. Probst
Date: 06/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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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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