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Rural Obesity and Weight Control – Resources

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

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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The Differences in Characteristics Among Households With and Without Obese Children: Findings From USDA's FoodAPS
Examines characteristics of households with at least one obese child and without any obese children. Table 2 compares rural and urban household financial well-being, as it relates to obesity. Table 3 examines the food environment for rural households with and without obese children.
Author(s): Young Jo
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Mass Media Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in a Rural Area of the United States
Results of a study in which messages about health risks associated with sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were disseminated in 2015-2016 through television, digital channels, and local organizations, in 17 rural counties in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Features statistics including comparisons of SSB sales in this area before and after the campaign.
Author(s): Thomas A. Farley, Hayli S. Halper, Anne M. Carlin, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 107(6), 989-995
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
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Telemedicine and Primary Care Obesity Management in Rural Areas – Innovative Approach for Older Adults?
Explores telemedicine as a potential delivery tool for the Medicare Obesity Benefit in primary care settings. Describes challenges in implementing the benefit in rural areas, including increasing older adult populations, shortages in primary care and specialized healthcare providers, reimbursement issues, and transportation barriers. Presents the potential utility of telemedicine in rural obesity care and non-physician staff delivery options, which require regulatory changes.
Author(s): John Batsis, Sarah Pletcher, James Stahl
Citation: BMC Geriatrics, 17, 6
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds
Profile of the Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life wellness program, which helps participants in rural Ohio lose weight and improve their health. Highlights how funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has helped this program grow over time.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Using Electronic Health Records to Examine Disease Risk in Small Populations: Obesity Among American Indian Children, Wisconsin, 2007-2012
Examines use of the Public Health Information Exchange (PHINEX) to describe obesity among Wisconsin American Indian children seeking care off-reservation. Also discusses usefulness of electronic health records as an alternative to other data collection methods when studying disease risk in a small population.
Author(s): Emily J. Tomayko, Bethany A. Weinert, Liz Godfrey, Alexandra K. Adams, Lawrence P. Hanrahan
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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Impact of Improving Home Environments on Energy Intake and Physical Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Reports on the effectiveness of a weight control intervention using health coaches to target home environments using the Healthy Homes/Healthy Families model. Examines changes in the patients' physical activity, calorie intake, and weight. The intervention focused on overweight and obese women in rural Georgia who were patients of community health centers.
Author(s): Michelle C. Kegler, Regine Haardörfer, Iris C. Alcantara, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 106(1), 143-52
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Ethnic Identity Attachment and Motivation for Weight Loss and Exercise Among Rural, Overweight, African-American Women
Reports the results of a survey and assessment examining motivation for weight loss and exercise in overweight African American women in the South, specifically exploring connections with ethnicity and rurality. Includes a discussion of racial identity, rural influence, and chronic disease diagnosis.
Author(s): K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob Warren, Sydney McClendon, Wilburn Peacock, Marisol Caro
Citation: Clinical Medicine Insights: Women's Health, 9(Suppl 1), 95-101
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Development of a Nationally Representative Built Environment Measure of Access to Exercise Opportunities
Describes the development of a county-level measure of residents' access to physical exercise opportunities, based on proximity to parks and recreational facilities. This measure is used in County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Includes a national map showing county-level access to adequate exercise options.
Author(s): Anne M. Roubal, Amanda Jovaag, Hyojun Park, Keith P. Gennuso
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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The Social Determinants of Health of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity: A Research Framework
Examines the social determinants of health related to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes from a Native perspective, considering historical trauma, self-determination, and cultural factors. Looks at currently available information, identifies gaps, and provides a research framework to help build a better understanding of the causes of child obesity among Native Americans.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Notah Begay III Foundation
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Last Updated: 5/3/2023