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Rural Obesity and Weight Control – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Obesity and Weight Control.

Ecological Approaches to Promoting Active Living and Preventing Childhood Obesity
Features the opening keynote presentation by Dr. Jim Sallis at the 2018 Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit - Factors of Health: Addressing the Systems Influencing Childhood Obesity. Covers discussion on ecological models and evidence of environmental roles influencing active living and obesity in youth. Describes environmental disparities and mentions tool to assess rural communities physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, and other factors influencing rural residents physical activity.
Author(s): James Sallis
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Children's Mercy Hospital, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Obesity Prevalence Among Adults Living in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2016
Reports on obesity prevalence among adults in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties based on 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. Includes metro/nonmetro data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, and employment status. Also provides state-by-state data on obesity prevalence in metro and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Lundeen, Sohyun Park, Liping Pan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(23), 653-658
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Weight Management in Rural Health Clinics: The Midwest Diet and Exercise Trial
Analyzes the effectiveness of providing weight management programs through remote delivery offered at 5 primary care clinics serving rural populations. Remote weight management programs included group phone conferences (GP) and individual phones calls (IP), with comparisons to enhanced usual care (EUC) consisting of individual face-to-face meetings.
Author(s): Anna M. Gorczyca, Richard A. Washburn, Lauren Ptomey, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials, 67, 37-46
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Dietary Patterns Among Overweight and Obese African-American Women Living in the Rural South
Analyzes nut consumption and other dietary behaviors of overweight or obese African-American women residing in rural Alabama and Mississippi. Aims to inform future nutrition education strategies for individuals at high risk of obesity-related chronic conditions by investigating the relationship between eating nuts and consuming other healthy foods.
Author(s): Samara Sterling, Suzanne Judd, Brenda Bertrand, et al.
Citation: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5(1), 141-150
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Assessment of Dietary Patterns, Physical Activity and Obesity from a National Survey: Rural-Urban Health Disparities in Older Adults
Examines the association between rural-urban status, physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and obesity prevalence in older adults by analyzing data derived from respondents aged 65 and above from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Author(s): Steven A. Cohen, Mary L. Greaney, Natalie J. Sabik
Citation: PLoS One, 13(12)
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built Environment: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes a September 2017 workshop focused on the role of the built environment in the prevention and treatment of obesity. Identifies promising strategies to create more healthful and equitable environments. Contains some discussion specific to rural areas and small communities, including efforts to support physical activity throughout Montana.
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Author(s): Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Beverage Consumption Patterns among Overweight and Obese African American Women
Examines beverage consumption patterns, including the number of beverages and type, contributing to the overall energy intake and weight status among overweight and obese African American women in the rural South. Includes statistics on beverage consumption by age, education, and rural versus urban residence.
Author(s): Terryl J. Hartman, Regine Haardörfer, Brenda M. Greene, Shruti Parulekar, Michelle C. Kegler
Citation: Nutrients, 9(12), 1344
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by 5 states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Variations in Obesity Rates between US Counties: Impacts of Activity Access, Food Environments, and Settlement Patterns
Describes differences in obesity rates among U.S. counties based on rurality, region, poverty level, and ethnicity. Analyzes access to physical activity facilities, food environments, and settlement patterns, defined as residential density and car dependence, to determine potential explanations for geographic variations.
Author(s): Peter Congdon
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(9), 1023
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013
Results of a weight loss intervention among 383 overweight women in 8 rural counties, comparing intake of nuts and other obesity-related foods with body mass index (BMI), over a 24-month period. Features statistics including income, education, and rates of consumption of various foods.
Author(s): Samara R. Sterling, Brenda Bertrand, Suzanne Judd, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 5/18/2022