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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

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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In Praise of Play: Activities for Children and Families in Rural Communities
Discusses the importance of play in the physical health of children in rural communities. Compares children's access to public parks in rural and urban communities.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Baylor University
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Health Disparities Related to Obesity in Appalachia: Practical Strategies and Recommendations for Communities
Offers statistics on obesity in rural Appalachian communities. Highlights strategies and resources to prevent and reduce obesity. Covers recommendations to assist policymakers, funders, and leaders working to reduce obesity related health disparities.
Author(s): Kate Beatty, Nathan Hale, Michael Meit, et al.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Arizona State Health Assessment
Provides a snapshot describing the health status of Arizona residents and data to target health interventions to address public health issues. Analyzes obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, suicide, diabetes, chronic disease, oral health, health insurance, and more. Highlights health successes and priorities, community involvement in health, and community comments for each of Arizona's 15 counties.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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