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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Rural Insights on Adult and Youth Obesity, a National and Community-based Perspective
Webinar recording features a discussion of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports on obesity in children and adults. Discusses the findings regarding differences in obesity rates for rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Diabetes & Obesity in Oklahoma, 2016
Provides a map showing obesity and diabetes rates by county for Oklahoma.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Body Mass Index Category Moderates the Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Diet Quality in Overweight and Obese Rural-Dwelling Adults.
Examines questionnaire responses from adults in rural Kentucky to determine whether overall diet quality varies according to body mass index (BMI) category and presence of depressive symptoms in people with or at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Contains data comparing healthy eating habits among depressed and non-depressed individuals who are overweight or obese, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, comorbidities, and other characteristics.
Author(s): Demetrius Abshire, Terry Lennie, Misook Chung, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(4), 377-387
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Weight Loss Success of Participants Residing in Rural and Urban Areas
Compares the weight loss outcomes of residents in rural and urban areas of Arkansas and Vermont participating in an on-line behavioral weight loss intervention, and assesses any rural and urban differences in adherence to treatment goals.
Author(s): Elise Mench, Delia West, Rebecca Krukowski, Jean Harvey
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(4), 396-400
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Patterns of Screen Time Among Rural Mexican-American Children on the New Mexico-Mexico Border
Reports on a study to determine the screen use among children of Mexican ancestry who are 6 to 10 years living in 2 rural communities along the U.S. Mexico border. The focus of this study is to understand accepted social norms, and reduce sedentary behavior to decrease the prevalence of obesity in Hispanic populations.
Author(s): Jill A. McDonald, Christopher Sroka, Elizabeth Olivares, Merranda Marin, Maria Gurrola, Joseph R. Sharkey,
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 2018(15)
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Network Spotlight: Bootheel Health Alliance, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Inc.
Features interviews with the CEO and Community Outreach Specialist at Bootheel Health Alliance regarding how their network is collaborating with a wide range of organizations to address disparities in obesity and diabetes in their region of Missouri. Includes information on the network characteristics, challenges, best practices, and advice for others developing networks.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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New Mexico Implements and Expands Physical Activity Programs in Rural Communities
Describes the efforts of the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM-PRC) to implement and expand evidence-based physical activity programs in the rural community of Cuba, New Mexico. Discusses program considerations relevant to working with rural communities and methods to connect with community partners and stakeholders to address their concerns and gain their support for making community changes to improve health and promote healthy habits.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Using Community-based Participatory Research to Develop Healthy Retail Strategies in Native American-owned Convenience Stores: The THRIVE Study
Highlights a study on the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) retail intervention that implements healthy food options in convenience stores in Native American communities. Details the results of a participant survey about the perceived food environment in their communities, and describes the implementation strategies, as well as the foods offered by the intervention.
Author(s): Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Mary Williams, Marianna Wetherill, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 11, 148-153
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Geographic Differences in Obesity Prevalence and Its Risk Factors Among Asian Americans: Findings from the 2013–2014 California Health Interview Survey
Analyzes the geographic disparities in obesity prevalence and the differences in its risk factors among Asian Americans, including Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese, who live in rural and urban California.
Author(s): Shaoqing Gong, Kesheng Wang, Ying Li, Arsham Alamian
Citation: Science Reports, 8, 12510
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Program for Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention in a Rural Midwestern Town
Reports on Fit For Life (FFL), a health education program that works to address the causes of obesity in rural settings and helps program participants lose weight. Highlights discussion on assessing effectiveness, replication, and cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in a rural Appalachian Ohio county. Covers lessons learned and practice implications.
Author(s): Timothy McKnight, Jennifer R. Demuth, Natalie Wilson, Jonathon P. Leider, Alana Knudson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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