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Many Eligible Children Don't Participate in School Nutrition Programs: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Improve
Reports on rates of participation in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, comparing rural, urban, and suburban eligible households. Discusses reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as an opportunity to expand participation in these programs generally and particularly for rural eligible children.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Rural Communities: Making Safe Routes Work
Describes the benefits of making walking and biking safer for rural children. Discusses implementing the Safe Routes to School approach in rural communities, with ideas for how to get started.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Using a Participatory Research Approach in a School-Based Physical Activity Intervention to Prevent Diabetes in the Hualapai Indian Community, Arizona, 2002-2006
Results of a quantitative study in which 71 Native American youth in grades 3-8 participated in twice-weekly physical activity classes designed to reduce diabetes risk factors. Researchers compared participants' blood glucose levels and Body Mass Indexes at the beginning of the study with the same measures taken at the conclusion.
Author(s): Nicolette I. Teufel-Shone, Michelle Gamber, Helen Watahomigie, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Perceived Reactions of Elementary School Students to Changes in School Lunches after Implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture's New Meals Standards: Minimal Backlash, but Rural and Socioeconomic Disparities Exist
Examines the perceptions from school staff regarding student reaction to changes in the school lunch menus, implemented in 2012 according to revised standards required by the USDA's National School Lunch Program. Includes rural versus urban location and socioeconomic data of students.
Author(s): Lindsey Turner, Frank J. Chaloupka
Citation: Childhood Obesity, 10(4), 349-356
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Get Out and Get Moving: Opportunities to Walk to School Through Remote Drop-Off Programs
Describes remote drop-off programs for students to walk to school. Discusses special considerations for establishing remote drop-off programs in rural school districts.
Author(s): Lisa A. Cirill, Kimberley Elliott, Justine Hearn, Tamara Lange
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: ChangeLab Solutions
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On the Move: Safe Routes to School Policies in Rural School Districts
Describes tools and strategies to help rural schools develop policies to support safe school routes that encourage children to be physically active.
Author(s): Dave Cowan, Lisa A. Cirill, Kimberley Elliott, Justine Hearn, Sara Zimmerman
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: CA4Health, ChangeLab Solutions
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Engagement, Recruitment, and Retention in a Trans-Community, Randomized Controlled Trial for the Prevention of Obesity in Rural American Indian and Hispanic Children
Describes the process of engaging, recruiting, and retaining participants for the Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) study. Discusses outcomes, barriers, lessons learned, and strategies used in the CHILE study. CHILE studies childhood obesity prevention and intervention in rural American Indian and predominately Hispanic Head Start centers in New Mexico.
Author(s): Theresa H. Cruz, Sally M. Davis, Courtney A. FitzGerald, Glenda F. Canaca, Patricia C. Keane
Citation: Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(3), 135-149
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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The Impact of a Prevention Delivery System on Perceived Social Capital: The Prosper Project
Examines the impacts of Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) as a delivery system for evidence-based prevention programs in rural and semi-rural communities. PROSPER is a collaborative community health initiative involving individuals and organizations with similar interests that bring together a wide range of expertise and resources for a common goal.
Author(s): Sarah M. Chilenski, Patricia M. Ang, Mark T. Greenberg, Mark E. Feinberg, Richard Spoth
Citation: Prevention Sciences, 15(2), 125-137
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
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Feasibility and Preliminary Outcomes From a Pilot Study of an Integrated Health-Mental Health Promotion Program in School Mental Health Services
Results of a study of adolescents and their parents who received mental health services in a school-based setting for emotional and behavioral problems. The participants lived in a rural and underserved southern region of the U.S. where low income, high poverty are prevalent and where few mental health services are available.
Author(s): Melissa W. George, Nevelyn N. Trumpeter, Dawn K. Wilson, et al.
Citation: Family & Community Health, 37(1), 19-30
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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