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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

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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Rural-Urban Variation in Weight Loss Recommendations Among US Older Adults with Arthritis and Obesity
Analyzes 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data to identify rural and urban differences in the number of older adults with obesity and arthritis who received weight loss recommendations (WLR) from healthcare providers. Includes data from 5 states on WLR receipt according to age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, income, and population density.
Author(s): Mary Greaney, Steven Cohen, Christie Ward-Ritacco, Deborah Riebe
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 946
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Predictors of Overweight and Obesity in American Indian Families with Young Children
Highlights as study exploring the factors that predict obesity in American Indian families in rural and urban areas. Focuses on factors such as nutrition, physical activity, adult sleep, and child screen time.
Author(s): Alexandra K. Adams, Emily J. Tomayko, Kate Cronin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51(2), 190-198
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables, a Culturally Tailored Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Rural Latinas: Findings from a Pilot Study
Provides an overview of a pilot study of a culturally-tailored group-based nutrition education and physical activity program for rural Latinas in Washington state. Discusses the challenges of recruiting and retaining rural Latinas in a lifestyle program, including limited individual resources, changing contact information, and lack of trust.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin, Cynthia K. Perry, Emma Solanki, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(4), 630
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Health Equity in New Mexico: 13th Edition
Provides information about the health status of various population groups throughout New Mexico and educates readers on the state's health equity issues. Designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders implement strategies that reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans. Includes information and statistics specific to New Mexico's rural regions.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Rural-Urban Differences in Baseline Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents
Analyzes data on dietary intake and physical activity for 940 9th and 10th graders in 8 high schools in the southwestern U.S. from 2014-2017. Features demographic statistics including breakdowns by population density of less than and greater than 1,000 people per square mile.
Author(s): Renee Euler, Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, Sarah Sanders, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Comparison of US County-Level Public Health Performance Rankings With County Cluster and National Rankings: Assessment Based on Prevalence Rates of Smoking and Obesity and Motor Vehicle Crash Death Rates
Compares county-level percentile rankings on outcomes of smoking, motor vehicle crash deaths, and obesity, using demographic and health data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings data set. Features a map of sociodemographic-based county clusters and a table showing cluster variance and average percentile change, with breakdowns including 4 categories of rural status.
Author(s): Megan Wallace, Joshua M. Sharfstein, Joshua Kaminsky, Justin Lessler
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(1)
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Association Between the Food and Physical Activity Environment, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Health Across Maine Counties
Study examining associations between demographic and environmental factors, such as food availability and access to fitness facilities, and prevalence of obesity and poor cardiovascular health (CVH) in the predominantly rural state of Maine. Includes relationships between individual characteristics, like age and income, and risk factors for poor CVH, including smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, poor diet, and diabetes.
Author(s): Allison Briggs, Adam Black, F. Lee Lucas, Andrea Siewers, Kathleen Fairfield
Citation: BMC Public Health, 19(1), 374
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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