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New Toolkit Shines Light on Childhood Obesity in Rural Areas


Children living in rural areas are 25 percent more likely to be overweight or obese, according to children’s health system, Nemours. Nemours, with hospitals in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has recently released a new toolkit for combating childhood obesity in rural areas.

The toolkit points out that rural communities are often less walkable than urban ones, and also suffer from a greater prevalence of food deserts, and fewer resources for school to provide healthy meals and physical education--all contributing  to the greater prevalence of obesity among children in rural areas.

Nemours’ toolkit outlines various strategies, like ways to work with your public health department. The kit also includes success stories—examples of their strategies put into successful action—focusing on both individual leaders and whole communities. Places like Macon, Missouri’s community-sponsored Child Development Center are spotlighted for its innovative solutions to community problems.

The toolkit concludes with a list of recommendations to policymakers for improving public health and reducing childhood obesity, and metrics for measuring progress and success, addressing larger and smaller scale solutions for the problem that is childhood obesity.

Find the toolkit and more information here.

Alexander Leedom authored this article.