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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

A Community-Driven Approach to Identifying "Winnable" Policies Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention
Describes a community-based participatory research approach used in two rural North Carolina counties to select obesity prevention strategies, based on the Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention (COCOMO). Discusses how COCOMO might be adapted for use in rural communities.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Lauren M. Whetstone, Jean R. Wilkerson, Tosha W. Smith, Alice S. Ammerman
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 9
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Healthy-Lifestyle Behaviors Associated With Overweight and Obesity in US Rural Children
Describes the association between healthy lifestyle behaviors and the prevalence of overweight and obese ethnically and/or racially diverse, rural school-aged children in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Examines the following healthy lifestyle behaviors: improving diet quality, obtaining adequate sleep, limiting screen-time viewing, and consulting a physician about a child's weight.
Author(s): Alison Tovar, Kenneth Chui, Raymond R Hyatt, et al.
Citation: BMC Pediatrics, 12, 102
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Feasibility of an Evidence-Based Weight Loss Intervention for a Faith-Based, Rural, African American Population
Discusses a culturally appropriate program created by a coalition of academic and community partners and geared toward adults in three African American churches in the Arkansas Lower Mississippi Delta. Measured effectiveness of recruitment strategies, program retention, implementation ease, participant outcomes, and program satisfaction.
Author(s): Karen Hye-cheon Kim Yeary, Carol E. Cornell, Jerome Turner, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Chronic Disease Risk Factors Among American Indian/Alaska Native Women of Reproductive Age
Discusses prevalence of chronic conditions and risk factors among a nationally representative sample of American Indian/Alaska Native women aged 18-44 years and makes comparisons with White women. Includes statistical breakdowns by weight status, physical activity level, cigarette use, and insurance coverage.
Author(s): Pamela Amparo, Sherry L. Farr, Patricia M. Dietz
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Associations of American Indian Children's Screen-Time Behavior With Parental Television Behavior, Parental Perceptions of Children's Screen Time, and Media-Related Resources in the Home
Examines obesity-influencing social and physical factors in the home environments of Oglala Lakota kindergarteners, and provides analysis related to the children's screen time behavior. Uses data from an obesity prevention intervention in elementary schools on or near the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and includes statistical breakdowns by sex, weight status, amount of screen time, level of parental concern, and availability of various media devices.
Author(s): Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Jayne A. Fulkerson, Mary Smyth, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(5)
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
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The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2007
Analyzes data from the National Survey of Children's Health to describe the health status, healthcare utilization, activities, and family and community environments experienced by children in rural and urban areas.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Development and Implementation of a Food System Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Rural Hawai'i
Report on the Healthy Foods Hawaii intervention trial in four rural communities, which aimed to improve the diets of children and decrease obesity rates. Includes information about the impacts of access to transportation, education, and healthy foods.
Author(s): Rachel Novotny, Vinutha Vijayadeva, Vicky Ramirez, et al.
Citation: Hawaii Medical Journal, 70(7 suppl 1), 42-46
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
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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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