Quantifying the Food and Physical Activity Environments in Rural, High Obesity Communities
Results of a study to assess the nutrition and physical activity environments in rural South Dakota communities with high rates of obesity, to understand whether there are common strengths and challenges that emerge across communities. Features a comparison of availability of various healthful food options between grocery and convenience stores and pricing for healthful vs. regular food options in grocery stores and convenience stores.
Author(s): Lacey A. McCormack, Jessica R. Meendering, Linda Burdette, et al. Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24), 13344 Date: 12/2021 Type: Document view details
Feasibility of Promoting Physical Activity Using mHealth Technology in Rural Women: The Step-2-It Study
Describes a pilot study that examined the potential of text-messaging and utilization of a pedometer to promote walking among rural women age 40 and over in Illinois. Discusses efforts to increase physical activity through rural-specific interventions and assesses the pilot program's feasibility by analyzing participant data.
Author(s): Manorama M. Khare, Kristine Zimmermann, Rebecca Lyons, Cara Locklin, Ben S. Gerber Citation: BMC Women's Health, 21, 415 Date: 12/2021 Type: Document view details
Do State Comprehensive Planning Statutes Address Physical Activity?: Implications for Rural Communities
Study examining state comprehensive plans related to physical activity with a focus on predominantly rural states and jurisdictions based on state statutory laws. Analyzes the rates at which physical activity, land use, parks and recreation, and other planning items were addressed in state statutes, offering a map of state-level rurality, population-conditional rules for planning, and physical activity-related plan elements.
Author(s): Lisa M. Charron, Chloe Milstein, Samantha I. Moyers, Christiaan G. Abildso, Jamie F. Chriqui Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 12190 Date: 11/2021 Type: Document view details
What Sets Physically Active Rural Communities Apart from Less Active Ones? A Comparative Case Study of Three US Counties
Examines factors that influence physical activity in two
rural counties with high levels of physical activity and
one rural county with low levels of physical activity,
within the same Southern state, to identify best practices
for the development and promotion of physical activity in
rural areas. Table 1 provides county characteristic data
such as race and ethnicity, population living in a rural
area, income, economy type, and more.
Author(s): Christiaan G. Abildso, Cynthia K. Perry, Lauren Jacobs, et al. Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(20), 10574 Date: 10/2021 Type: Document view details
The State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Presents the latest data available on adult and childhood obesity rates, with breakdowns by state and select demographic characteristics. Examines key current and emerging policies, includes funding opportunities, and outlines recommended policy actions. Includes a special feature highlighting the interaction of the COVID-19 pandemic with social, economic, and environmental conditions that have changed eating habits, food insecurity rates, physical-activity patterns, and obesity levels.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Dara Lieberman Date: 09/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health view details
The Effects of Play Streets on Social and Community Connectedness in Rural Communities
Reports the results of a study looking at the impacts of
the Play Streets program that seeks to increase physical
activity among children in rural communities located in
North Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Texas. Shares
information from focus groups and interviews to further
understand the added social and community benefits from the
Author(s): M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, Tyler Prochnow, Andrew C. Pickett, et al. Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(19), 9976 Date: 09/2021 Type: Document view details