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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

Beliefs About Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Appalachia, 2011-2014
Examines responses from the Health Information National Trends Survey (2011-2014) to compare Appalachian and non-Appalachian individuals on body mass index, beliefs about obesity, and health behaviors. Provides survey respondents' sociodemographic information, including age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, annual household income, and rurality.
Author(s): Elise Rice, Minal Patel, Katrina Serrano, et al.
Citation: Public Health Reports, 133(4), 379-384
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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Feasibility and Outcomes of an Out-of-School and Home-based Obesity Prevention Pilot Study for Rural Children on an American Indian Reservation
Evaluates the feasibility, and behavioral health and physical health outcomes resulting from the Generations Health intervention program to prevent obesity in children. This intervention program focuses on physical activity, nutrition, sleep and reduction of screen time, and engages parents and families in home-based activities supporting their child's health.
Author(s): Blakely Brown, Kari Jo Harris, Daniel Heil, Michael Tryon, Aric Cooksley, et al.
Citation: Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(129)
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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Differences in Obesity Prevalence by Demographics and Urbanization in US Children and Adolescents, 2013-2016
Analyzes child and adolescent obesity prevalence in the United States. Provides data and statistics on obesity and severe obesity trends from 2001–2004 to 2013–2016, including rural and urban comparisons.
Author(s): Cynthia Ogden, Cheryl Fryar, Craig Hales, et al.
Citation: JAMA, 319(23), 2410-2418
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Differences in Obesity Prevalence by Demographic Characteristics and Urbanization Level Among Adults in the United States, 2013-2016
Uses nationally representative data to compare rural and urban areas on obesity and severe obesity. Includes data and statistics on body mass index and obesity prevalence trends among adults from 2001-2004 and 2013-2016, with information broken down by sex and level of urbanization.
Author(s): Craig Hales, Cheryl Fryar, Margaret Carroll, et al.
Citation: JAMA, 319(23), 2419-2429
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Ecological Approaches to Promoting Active Living and Preventing Childhood Obesity
Features the opening keynote presentation by Dr. Jim Sallis at the 2018 Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit - Factors of Health: Addressing the Systems Influencing Childhood Obesity. Covers discussion on ecological models and evidence of environmental roles influencing active living and obesity in youth. Describes environmental disparities and mentions tool to assess rural communities physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, and other factors influencing rural residents physical activity.
Author(s): James Sallis
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Children's Mercy Hospital, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Wisconsin Chronic Disease Toolkit 2018
Toolkit comprised of rural best practices that have shown success for improving chronic disease outcomes and population health by providing resources to address communication, Body Mass Index (BMI), diabetes care, blood pressure control, and chronic disease management.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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Obesity Prevalence Among Adults Living in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2016
Reports on obesity prevalence among adults in metropolitan and nonmetro counties based on 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. Includes metro/nonmetro data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, and employment status. Also provides state-by-state data on obesity prevalence in metro and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Lundeen, Sohyun Park, Liping Pan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(23), 653-658
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Peer Mentor Versus Teacher Delivery of a Physical Activity Program on the Effects of BMI and Daily Activity: Protocol of a School-based Group Randomized Controlled Trial in Appalachia
Describes a school-based program utilizing peer mentors to promote health behavior changes and improved health outcomes in rural Appalachian teens. Explores unique circumstances leading to limited physical activity among Appalachian youth, such as a lack of organized sports and recreational facilities.
Author(s): Lauren H. Smith, Rick L. Petosa, Abigail Shoben
Citation: BMC Public Health, 18, 633
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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Nebraska Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease by Local Health Department Service Area
Describes the prevalence of obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes at the county-level and by local health department service areas using 2015 and 2016 Nebraska data.
Author(s): Ami Sedani
Date: 05/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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