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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

The Community-Based Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention for Rural Preschools (CHIRP) Study: Design and Methods
Explores the design and methods for Community-based Healthy-lifestyle Interventions for Rural Preschools (CHIRP), a study in rural Florida. CHIRP assesses the effects of a behavioral family weight management intervention for overweight young children and their parents. Table 2 lists the CHIRP study schedule of behavioral family intervention session topics.
Author(s): David M. Janicke, Crystal S. Lim, Anne E. Mathews, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials, 34(2), 187-195
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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Association of the Built Environment with Physical Activity and Adiposity in Rural and Urban Youth
Examines if differences exist for body mass index (BMI) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) between rural and urban youth. 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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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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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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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 the 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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