GROW-HKCGenerating Rural Options for Weight (GROW) Healthy Kids and Communities is a 5-year, multi-level research project that seeks to inspire children, families, schools, and communities to create opportunities to eat healthfully and be physically active most every day. Our overarching goal is to prevent overweight and obesity in rural children. GROW Healthy Kids and Communities uses evidence-based research, community-engagement methods and tools, and innovative technology to explore the obesogenic rural environment and develop strategies that families and communities can use to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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GROW Healthy Kids & Communities supports families of rural places to survey and improve their family home nutrition and physical activity environments. GROW HKC supports Oregon rural families’ abilities to make healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at home easy and sustainable. GROW Healthy Kids & Communities helps schools survey and improve school nutrition and physical activity environments. GROW HKC supports evidence-based modifications to school environments and policies to promote and improve students’ healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at school. GROW Healthy Kids & Communities engages with Oregon’s rural residents and stakeholders to learn about rural communities and to help select and implement evidence-based environmental strategies unique to Oregon’s rural areas that will benefit Oregon’s rural residents for years to come.


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2011-68001-30020. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.