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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

A Holistic Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention: Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Describes the development, funding, and implementation of a 5-year program, begun in 2014, supporting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and tribal organizations to simultaneously address chronic diseases and their risk factors. Identifies approaches useful for agencies and organizations working with AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Nancy S. Andrade, David K. Espey, Mary E. Hall, Ursula E. Bauer
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Opportunities and Challenges Addressing Access to Healthy Food in Five Rural Louisiana Food Stores
Results of a rural food store intervention implemented in 3 Louisiana parishes where obesity prevalence was greater than 40%. Describes implications for public health and offers recommendations for future interventions.
Author(s): Michelle Kendall, Stephanie T. Broyles, Jamila Freightman, Melissa Cater, Denise Holston
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Depression and Physical Activity Affect Diet Quality of Foreign-born Latina Women Living on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Highlights a study on the relationship between depression, physical activity, and diet for foreign-born Latinas on the U.S.-Mexico border. Breaks down data by age, time spent in the U.S., diet, and physical activity, among other measures.
Author(s): Vanessa L. Errisuriz, Laura Delfausse, Deborah Parra-Medina, et al.
Citation: Nutrients, 11(6), 1254
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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A Qualitative Study Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of Physical Activity in Rural Communities
Highlights a study on physical activity rates and structural impediments and advantages within rural communities that affect those rates. Bases findings on interviews with rural adults in southeast Missouri. Examines the attitudes and concerns about physical activity and makes suggestions for future interventions.
Author(s): Amanda S. Gilbert, Dixie D. Duncan, Alan M. Beck, et al.
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Analysis of Obesity Rates for School Children in Pennsylvania
Report details an analysis of child obesity in Pennsylvania. Compares rural and urban rates by year and considers family demographics, such as occupation, household income, insurance coverage, among other factors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Patient Body Mass Index (BMI) Knowledge in a Rural Primary Care Population
Results of a study to determine changes between 2013 and 2017 in rural West Virginia clinic patients' knowledge of BMI topics and weight-related risk factors, and to determine incidence of physician discussions about BMI with patients. Features statistics on patient demographics and various aspects of BMI knowledge.
Author(s): Treah Haggerty, Jun Xiang, Dana King
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(3), 413-417
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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The Balance Protocol: A Pragmatic Weight Gain Prevention Randomized Controlled Trial for Medically Vulnerable Patients Within Primary Care
Presents a study of a first-line weight gain prevention intervention for obese patients in central North Carolina. Explores the effectiveness of the intervention on a largely rural, uninsured, and majority Hispanic population.
Author(s): Miriam B. Berger, Dori M. Steinberg, Sandy Askew, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 19
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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Overweight and Obesity Among School Bus Drivers in Rural Arkansas
Results of a study conducted from January-July 2017 providing data on the prevalence, risk factors, and perceptions of overweight and obesity among 45 bus drivers. Features demographic statistics and selected comments from focus group participants.
Author(s): Karen H. Kim Yeary, Xiaofei Chi, Shelly Lensing, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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Education and Health: Long-Term Trends by Race, Ethnicity, and Geography, 1997-2017
Results of a study assessing trends in disparities among nonelderly adults in measures of general health, mental health, limitations in activity, and obesity, by educational attainment. Features statistics with breakdowns by demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, and urban or rural location.
Author(s): Stacey McMorrow, Laura Skopec, Tyler W. Thomas
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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Pharmacy Access Office Hours Focus Topic: Clinical Pharmacy 101
Presentation slides from a webinar on clinical pharmacy programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Provides operational updates and features a health center in Arizona with 6 pharmacies in primarily rural locations. Includes examples of their programs related to diabetes management, opioids, obesity, and more, funded by savings from the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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