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Resources by Topic: Obesity and weight control

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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The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network: Building Research Capacity among the Rural and Medically Underserved
Describes the activities of the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network, a product of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program developed to enhance the competitiveness of research in states with low success rates for funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH). IDeA states exhibit high numbers of rural and medically underserved populations along with high rates of infant mortality, obesity, and poverty. Describes work underway to increase research capacity and access to clinical trials in the IDeA states. Introduces two proposed novel clinical trials with interventions for children who are overweight or obese.
Author(s): Jessica Snowden, Paul Darden, Paul Palumbo, Phil Saul, Jeannette Lee
Citation: Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 30(2), 297-302
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Together We Stride: A Quasi-Experimental Trial Testing the Effectiveness of a Multi-Level Obesity Intervention for Hispanic Children in Rural Communities
Explores the effectiveness of Together We STRIDE (Strategizing Together Relevant Interventions for Diet and Exercise), a multi-level community-based intervention to promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and weight loss among Hispanic children living in rural Lower Yakima Valley communities in Washington.
Author(s): Linda K. Ko, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, Sonia Bishop, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials, 67, 81-86
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Weight Management in Rural Health Clinics: The Midwest Diet and Exercise Trial
Analyzes the effectiveness of providing weight management programs through remote delivery offered at 5 primary care clinics serving rural populations. Remote weight management programs included group phone conferences (GP) and individual phones calls (IP), with comparisons to enhanced usual care (EUC) consisting of individual face-to-face meetings.
Author(s): Anna M. Gorczyca, Richard A. Washburn, Lauren Ptomey, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials, 67, 37-46
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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A Supermarket Double-Dollar Incentive Program Increases Purchases of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables among Low Income Families with Children: The Healthy Double Study
Analyzes results from a randomized control study at a supermarket in rural Maine to assess whether financial incentives are effective in increasing the number of fruits and vegetables low-income families purchase. Includes participants' weekly spending on fruits and vegetables, with data categorized by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation.
Author(s): Michele Polacsek, Alyssa Moran, Anne Thorndike, et al.
Citation: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(3), 217-228.e1
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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Dietary Patterns Among Overweight and Obese African-American Women Living in the Rural South
Analyzes nut consumption and other dietary behaviors of overweight or obese African-American women residing in rural Alabama and Mississippi. Aims to inform future nutrition education strategies for individuals at high risk of obesity-related chronic conditions by investigating the relationship between eating nuts and consuming other healthy foods.
Author(s): Samara Sterling, Suzanne Judd, Brenda Bertrand, et al.
Citation: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5(1), 141-150
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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