Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities

Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities

A webinar series about improving public health

State and local health departments across the country are reducing obesity rates by improving access to healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. Health departments working in rural communities often have a hard time finding examples of what's working in other rural places. To provide more examples of obesity prevention initiatives in rural communities, the Association of Public Health Nutritionists and ChangeLab Solutions present a two-part webinar, Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field, featuring leaders from five rural communities or regions. Speakers provide practical tips to implementing policy, system, and environmental changes in rural communities. 
 
May 21, 2015 webinar
This webinar covers strategies to improve access to healthy food in small rural stores, create a culture of wellness in schools, and create environments that support physical activity. 
 
Recording
 
Guest speakers
  • Mandi Carringer, Mountainwise in western North Carolina - Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department in Michigan - Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and people on bikes
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County in Wisconsin - Creating a culture in wellness in rural schools
Resources
 
May 28, 2015 webinar
This webinar covers strategies to make healthy food more affordable through taxes and collaborating with state departments of transportation to revive rural main streets. 
 
Recording

 
Guest Speakers
  • Gloria Begay, Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (Navajo Nation) - making junk food more expensive and healthy food more affordable through taxes
  • Dean Ledbetter, North Carolina Department of Transportation - working with state departments to revive rural main streets
Resources