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Rural Obesity and Weight Control – Resources

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

Nutrition-Related Policy and Environmental Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Rural Communities: A Systematic Review of the Literature, 2002-2013
Summarizes findings from 29 rural studies of obesity prevention interventions using nutrition-related and environmental strategies. Includes interventions in school, tribal, farmers market, and other settings. Discusses common strategies for adapting and implementing these programs in rural communities.
Author(s): Larissa Calancie, Jennifer Leeman, Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 04/2015
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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Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-Based Resources to Manage Obesity: A Bridge-building Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices
Provides resources to help rural primary care practices connect patients to community-based obesity management resources. Outlines a step-by-step process, as well as sample worksheets, surveys, brochures and other materials. Based on the experiences of six rural Oregon primary care practices and developed by the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network.
Author(s): Paul McGinnis, Melinda M. Davis, Sonya Howk, Molly DeSordi, Michelle Thomas
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
Develops an actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts. Includes information and tools related to evaluating obesity prevention efforts, with the goal that the most promising interventions will be adopted more widely. Includes some discussion of challenges related to rural program evaluation. Appendix E features tools and methods used to evaluate programs and identifies those that were used in a rural setting.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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The 2011 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on rural childhood obesity, place-based initiatives for rural early childhood development, and rural implications of accountable care organizations and payment bundling. Includes recommendations to address these issues and provides appendices describing the 2010 site visits.
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Catalogue of Surveillance Systems
Listing of over 100 publicly available datasets relating to childhood obesity and research. Catalogue is searchable by key words and can be filtered by scope, variables, age groups, racial/ethnic groups, design, and cost. Includes datasets with rural specific information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
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Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Contains 7 modules that concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Shares best practices from successful obesity prevention programs in clinical, school, and community settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Community Guide
Shares effective methods for improving population health and addressing public health issues using an informed, evidence-based approach from the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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PubMed Search: Obesity and Weight Control in Rural Areas
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topics of obesity and weight control in rural areas.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Last Updated: 5/6/2022