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Resources by Topic: Physical activity

The State of Obesity 2019: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity-related trends and topics. Offers policy recommendations to address obesity. Includes a special feature on racial and ethnic disparities in obesity. Provides data on obesity levels in rural areas and highlights programs developed to address obesity in rural communities. Includes state-level data on obesity and related chronic conditions, as well as obesity-related indicators and policies.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Daphne Delgado
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Community Coalitions for Change and the Policy, Systems, and Environment Model: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Addressing Obesity in Rural Tennessee
Reports on a community-based participatory initiative, Community Coalitions for Change (C3), to address obesity in four rural Tennessee counties. Discusses program results related to health education, physical activity, and healthy food choices.
Author(s): Heather Sedges Wallace, Karen L. Franck, Cori L. Sweet
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Improving Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation in Rural Alabama Through Community Coalitions
Describes a community-based obesity reduction and prevention initiative which used community coalitions to implement research-based interventions. Interventions focused on improving opportunities for physical activity in 14 Alabama counties with high rates of obesity. Reports on the types of interventions implemented and their potential reach.
Author(s): William M. Carter, Wayde C. Morse, Ruth W. Brock, Barbara Struempler
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: A New Partnership and Approach
Overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program, designed to use tribal wisdom to protect and promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Author(s): Ursula E. Bauer, David K. Espey
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Physical Activity Change after a Promotora-Led Intervention in Low-Income Mexican American Women Residing in South Texas
Examines the physical activity preferences and changes after a community health worker (CHW) led intervention to decrease sedentary time in 620 Mexican American women from mostly rural colonias settlements in Hidalgo County, South Texas on the U.S. Mexico border. The Community Health Activities Model Program for Seniors Physical Activity (CHAMPS) instrument was used to predict an increase in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Author(s): Jennifer J. Salinas, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: BMC Public Health. 2019,(19), 782.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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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 effect those rates. Bases finding 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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Kentucky Community Fights Back against Cardiovascular Disease
Results of a study conducted in Appalachian Kentucky, exploring a program in which community health workers helped promote healthy eating, physical activity, stress reduction, and other activities to manage risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Trends in Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines Among Urban and Rural Dwelling Adults — United States, 2008–2017
Reports on how many adults aged 18 years and older are meeting physical activity guidelines in urban and rural areas. Includes rural/urban data by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, education level, and Census region.
Author(s): Geoffrey P. Whitfield, Susan A. Carlson, Emily N. Ussery, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(23), 513-518
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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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State-Specific Severe Joint Pain and Physical Inactivity Among Adults with Arthritis — United States, 2017
Examines state-specific prevalence of arthritis and, among adults with arthritis, the prevalence of severe joint pain and of physical inactivity. Includes national data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core counties.
Author(s): Dana Guglielmo, Louise B. Murphy, Michael A. Boring, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(17), 381-387
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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