Monday, December 10, 2012

RAC Launches Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

In an effort to help rural communities better address the current obesity epidemic, the Rural Assistance Center as launched a Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit contains resources that help communities develop obesity prevention programs, building on best practices of successful obesity prevention programs.

Rural areas in the United States not only have a higher rate of obesity than urban areas, but they also face a different set of challenges when it comes to implementing a successful obesity prevention program. The Rural Obesity Prevention toolkit has the tools to help adapt obesity prevention programs to make them work for your rural community.

Content for the Rural Obesity Prevention toolkit was developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis as part of the Community Health Gateway. The Gateway is designed to help rural communities learn about proven methods of providing rural residents with better access to health and human services. Development of these resources is part of an ongoing effort by NORC and RAC to provide innovative health and human services information to rural America.

Funding for this project is provided by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To learn more about the Community Health Gateway and its current toolkits, visit

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