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Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Implementation of Environmental and Policy Interventions to Support Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Rural Communities
Identifies policies being used in rural communities to promote wellness, physical activity, and healthy eating to combat obesity. Discusses barriers to implementation of these policies and strategies to overcome them.
Author(s): Ellen K. Barnidge, Catherine Radvanyi, Kathleen Duggan, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 97-105
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Associations Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Physical Activity Among Youth Within Rural–Urban Commuting Areas in the US
Examines rural versus urban associations in physical activity and neighborhood characteristics. Includes data on youth participating in physical activity 5 or more days per week for a minimum of 20 minutes at a time by Rural-Urban Commuting Area. Table 2 covers age group, sex, race/ethnicity, youth health, youth activities, family, and household characteristics.
Author(s): Laurin Kasehagen, Ashley Busacker, Debra Kane, Angela Rohan
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(2), 258-267
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
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More than Black and White: Differences in Predictors of Obesity among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and European Americans
Analyzes predictors of obesity in rural Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, and European American undergraduate students by examining body mass index (BMI), exercise frequency, symptoms of psychiatric disorders, health outcomes, health status, and health behaviors.
Author(s): Alok Madan, Olga G. Archambeau, Vanessa A. Milsom, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(6), 1325-1328
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Outcomes of a Weight Loss Intervention among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors
Examines a group weight loss program delivered to obese breast cancer survivors living in rural Kansas using conference call technology. Describes an intervention that includes a reduced calorie prepackaged diet, a gradual increase in physical activity, and weekly group phone sessions.
Author(s): Christie A. Befort, Jennifer R. Klemp, Heather Austin, et al.
Citation: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 132(2), 631-639
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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Formative Research Conducted in Rural Appalachia to Inform a Community Physical Activity Intervention
Describes the perceived barriers to and facilitators of physical activity in rural Appalachia. Reviews organized programs for physical activity and suggests partnerships for physical activity programming. Table 3 lists the barriers and facilitators of physical activity.
Author(s): Tina M. Kruger, Mark Swanson, Rian E. Davis, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3), 143-151
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
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Development of the Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS)
Describes the development of the Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS) survey instrument to measure perceptions of rural environments for physical activity. Includes definitions, characteristics, and items on each of the seven RALPESS factors: church facilities, town center connectivity, indoor areas, around your home/neighborhood, town center physical activity resources, school grounds, and outdoor areas.
Author(s): M. Reneé Umstattd, Stephanie L. Baller, Erin Hennessy, et al.
Citation: Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 9(5), 724-730
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults From Rural and Urban Areas of the United States: Findings From NHANES (2005–2008)
Examines rural and urban obesity rates using measured height and weight to calculate body mass index, rather than self-reported obesity rates. Also looks at demographics, diet, and physical activity as they relate to obesity for rural and urban residents. Uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Author(s): Christie A. Befort, Niaman Nazir, Michael G. Perri
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 28(4), 392-397
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Chronic Disease Risk Factors Among American Indian/Alaska Native Women of Reproductive Age
Discusses prevalence of chronic conditions and risk factors among a nationally representative sample of American Indian/Alaska Native women aged 18-44 years and makes comparisons with White women. Includes statistical breakdowns by weight status, physical activity level, cigarette use, and insurance coverage.
Author(s): Pamela Amparo, Sherry L. Farr, Patricia M. Dietz
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Risks to Health Among American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students in the United States
Examines leading health risks among nationally representative sample of American Indian/Alaska Native high school students and compares rates to other racial/ethnic groups. Includes statistical breakdowns by frequency of cigarette and alcohol use, weight status, physical activity level, television and computer use, and healthy food intake.
Author(s): Sherry Everett Jones, Khadija Anderson, Richard Lowry, Holly Conner
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(4)
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
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Diet, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviors as Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity: An Urban and Rural Comparison
Examines rates of childhood obesity, compared by rural and urban location. Also discusses issues related to physical activity, sedentary behavior, dietary quality, and other associated risk factors. Includes breakdowns of data by gender, age group, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Jihong Liu, Sonya J. Jones, Han Sun, Janice C. Probst, Philip Cavicchia
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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