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GROW Healthy Food Environments for Oregon’s Rural Communities
July 3, 2014

Rural residency tends to increase the risk of being overweight or obese for both children and adults. Access to, affordability of, and availability of a wide variety of healthy foods, including fruit and vegetables, is limited in rural areas despite the rural agricultural landscape. The location of farmers’ markets, convenience stores, food co-ops, restaurants, and fast food options influences the dietary and physical activity practices of children and families.


Molalla Eats its Veggies and Goes the Extra Mile
April 8, 2014

Mapping data from GROW Healthy Kids & Communities helped Molalla High School's 4-H Culture Club gain enough momentum to break ground on a new garden at Molalla High School in March. The data demonstrated the need to improve the local food system and helped the club secure a $5,000 grant from PacificSource Foundation and the CPHHS Extension program Youth Advocates for Health. Businesses and community organizations have also supported the school garden, which is Oregon’s 500th.


Is Laughlin a Healthy Place to Live?
October 29, 2013

Members of the community and representatives of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program gathered together Oct. 17 to discuss the results of the Health Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes Using Participatory Photographic Surveys - also known as HEAL MAPPS - conducted in the spring.


Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
July 19, 2013

The rural nature of Gardnerville makes it one of four communities in Nevada under study by Oregon State University researchers who received a $4.8 million federal grant to study obesity prevention in rural children.


Kaiser Permanente's Anti-Obesity Interventions in Schools
Show Signs of Success
February 5, 2013

Community-based efforts to change the environment are proving to be an effective way of encouraging more physical activity and nutrition among school-age children, according to findings announced today from Kaiser Permanente.


Preventing Obesity in High Risk Families
November 20, 2012

Obesity has become the number one health concern in young Americans, and Land-Grant universities are collaborating on innovative research and extension efforts to help reverse this trend. Since obesity was first declared a public health concern in 1952, the number of overweight or obese U.S. citizens has reached epidemic levels.


Weighty Matters: More Children Obese in Rural Areas
November 3, 2012

Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.


Healthy Kids Make Good Students
October 10, 2012

Estacada will become one of several testing grounds over the next three years as the Oregon State University Extension Service works to de-code how local communities influence child health and wellness.

Study Beginnings

College Receives $4.8 Million Grant to Prevent Rural Childhood Obesity
January 28, 2011

The College of Health and Human Sciences has received a $4.8 million grant to develop an obesity prevention program for children in rural Oregon. Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced the award during a press conference on the OSU campus January 13, 2011. “Childhood obesity is a problem many families face across the nation,” he said. “However, children in rural areas face obstacles such as limited access to fresh healthy food, physical activity and recreational programs that help prevent obesity.”


USDA Announces Grant to Develop Obesity Prevention Program
at Oregon State University
January 13, 2011

Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), today awarded funding to Oregon State University researchers to develop an obesity prevention program for children in rural Oregon.


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