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Resources by Topic: Physical activity

Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? Examining the Evidence
Discusses the role of the built environment, including buildings, roads, parks, and other structures that physically define a community, in physical activity.
Date: 01/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Weight, and Weight Control Activities Among Non-Metro Minority Adults
Reports on hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol screening, weight control, and exercise among rural populations, with an emphasis on rural minorities.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: Diagnostic Risk Factors & Improvement Activities Among Rural African Americans, Fact Sheet: Diagnostic Risk Factors & Improvement Activities Among Rural Hispanics
Author(s): P. Daniel Patterson, Charity G. Moore, Janice C. Probst, Michael E. Samuels
Date: 12/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Health Behaviors in Rural America as a Public Health Issue
Provides a brief overview of health behaviors in rural areas, along with relevant CDC resources and reports.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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South Carolina By the Numbers: The SC Hospital Association Data Portal
Interactive report providing hospital quality of care metrics and county-by-county data on population health, health behaviors, and demographics in South Carolina. Provides statistics on health status, population and demographics, health workforce supply, broadband access, mental health, poverty, food environment, smoking, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Hospital Association
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Smart Moo-ve Nourishing Brains, Bones and Bodies Toolkit
A toolkit geared toward rural healthcare providers to ensure pediatric patients are being educated on USDA MyPlate nutrition guidelines. Educational materials such as a storybook, coloring book, handouts, and more are free to users after filling out a form.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Midwest Dairy
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Kentucky County Data Profiles
Dashboard providing interactive charts and graphs on a variety of topics by county for Kentucky. Covers healthcare, housing, broadband access, economics, workforce, agriculture, and more. Healthcare-specific topics include employment, providers, obesity, smoking, uninsured population, and physical activity.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky
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Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Teens
Provides data on health topics such as bullying, stressful life events, social and emotional supports, healthcare access and quality, mental health, physical activity, sleep, screen time, alternative health, and health status for youth aged 12-17. Includes July 2021-December 2022 data breakdowns according to demographics, socioeconomic status, and urbanicity by large central and fringe metro, medium and small metro, or nonmetropolitan.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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PLACES: Local Data for Better Health
Interactive mapping system providing chronic disease related data at the county, place, census tract, and ZIP code level. Covers measures related to health status, health outcomes, prevention, health risk behaviors, and social determinants of health.
Additional links: Compare Measures, Interactive Map, PLACES Data Portal
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS)
Highlights the results of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) for high school and middle school students in New Mexico. Features county-level reports on youth substance use, unintentional injury, and physical activity, among other factors.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico School of Medicine
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U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System
Provides access to national, state, and county-level data and trends for diabetes and diabetes-related concerns. Select "indicators" to view additional data options, including burden of diabetes, preventive care, health status and disability, risk factors, and diabetes-related end-stage renal disease. Also includes data on social determinants of health that have the potential to impact diabetes health disparities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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