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Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities - Recommendations From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America
Presents recommendations from the Commission to Build a Healthier America. Topics include experiences in early childhood, opportunities that communities provide for people to make healthy choices, and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions. Includes discussion on low-income children, as well as children living in rural areas and tribal areas, who have difficulty accessing early childhood programs.
Author(s): Elaine Arkin, Paula Braveman, Susan Egerter, David Williams
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Improving the Physical Activity and Nutrition Environment Through Self-Assessment (NAP SACC) in Rural Area Child Care Centers in North Carolina
Presents results from a study designed to determine if rural child care centers in western North Carolina meet recommendations for nutrition and physical activity. Also examines whether focusing on nutrition and physical activity is effective in improving the center environment, and if differences exist between school-affiliated and unaffiliated care centers.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Battista, Hillary Oakley, Melissa S. Weddell, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 67(S1), S10-S16
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Local Wellness Policy 5 Years Later: Is It Making a Difference for Students in Low-Income, Rural Colorado Elementary Schools?
Assesses 45 schools' environmental and policy changes resulting from implementation of a federally mandated program designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating, as a response to the childhood obesity epidemic. Looked at factors including number of minutes of recess per week, minutes of physical education, playground features, total number of fruit and vegetable offerings at meals, presence of a school health team, and familiarity with their district's policy and related state or federal mandates.
Author(s): Elaine S. Belansky, Nick Cutforth, Lynn Gilbert, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
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Comparing the Effects of Teen Mentors to Adult Teachers on Child Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Outcomes in Appalachia
Explores a study of a school-based intervention that mentors young children to reverse obesity health risks in rural Appalachia. Compares two curriculum delivery methods, one using teen mentors and the other adult teachers. Assesses the effects of the number of mentoring sessions attended on the intended outcomes.
Author(s): Laureen H. Smith, Christopher Holloman
Citation: Journal of School Nursing, 29(5), 386-396
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Rural Disparities in the Distribution of Policies That Support Healthy Eating in US Secondary Schools
Highlights a study on food and nutrition policies in secondary schools drawing on data from the 2008 School Health Profiles principal survey from 28 states. Compares results by urban, suburban, and rural geographic areas.
Author(s): Marilyn S. Nanney, Cynthia S. Davey, Martha Y. Kubik
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(8), 1062-1068
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Adapting School-Based Substance Use Prevention Curriculum Through Cultural Grounding: A Review and Exemplar of Adaptation Processes for Rural Schools
Describes the process that program designers used to adapt the urban evidence-based keepin' it REAL substance use prevention curriculum for use in rural schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Author(s): Margaret Colby, Michael L. Hecht, Michelle Miller-Day, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Community Psychology, 51(1-2), 190-205
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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Comparison of Enrollment Rates of African-American Families Into a School-Based Tobacco Prevention Trial Using Two Recruitment Strategies in Urban and Rural Settings
Describes results from using two recruitment approaches targeting rural and urban African-American elementary school families in the South for enrollment in a tobacco prevention program. The intervention used the Facilitate, Open and transparent communication, Shared benefits, Team and tailored, Educate bilaterally, and Relationships, realistic and rewards (FOSTER) approach, which is based on community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles.
Author(s): Martha S. Tingen, Jeannette O. Andrews, Janie Heath, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(4), e91–e100
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Individual-, Family-, Community-, and Policy-Level Impact of a School-Based Cardiovascular Risk Detection Screening Program for Children in Underserved, Rural Areas: The CARDIAC Project
Examines the evidence of sustainability and successful impact of Coronary Artery Risk Detection In Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC), a school-based cardiovascular risk detection program, for children who are obese and overweight in underserved, rural Appalachian West Virginia.
Author(s): Lesley Cottrell, Collin John, Emily Murphy, et al.
Citation: Journal of Obesity, 732579
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Challenges to Head Start and Early Childhood Development Programs in Rural Communities
Discusses regulatory challenges to providing quality early childhood development programs and services in rural communities. Includes a discussion of health screenings, provider training and resources, and policy recommendations to improve collaboration surrounding early childhood programs in rural communities.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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School-Based Health Centers in an Era of Health Care Reform: Building on History
Presents the history and growth of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in the U.S. Discusses the effect of SBHCs on delivering needed services to students from kindergarten to high school, including rural students. Includes suggestions for future use of SBHCs and for healthcare providers working in communities without a SBHC.
Author(s): Victoria Keeton, Samira Soleimanpour, Claire D. Brindis
Citation: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 42(6), 132–158
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
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