Exploring Community Resources and Readiness in Relation to Childhood Obesity Prevention in Rural Western America Public Deposited

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  • Childhood obesity is a nationwide concern of which rural, urban, and suburban communities must be aware in order to take action. The goal for the research project, GROW Healthy Kids and Communities (GROW HKC), is to prevent childhood obesity in rural communities through the use of participatory action research and the HEAL MAPPS™ tool. The HEAL MAPPS™ tool allows community members to examine experiences they’ve had in terms of supports and barriers to eating healthy and being physically active within their own communities. This provides a resident-informed profile for their specific rural environment. The result is a community report that evaluates and scores each community based on six dimensions of community readiness to approach the issue of weight healthy environments for childhood obesity prevention: Available Resources, Community Efforts, Knowledge of the Efforts, Knowledge of the Issue, Community Climate, and Leadership. GROW HKC focuses on rural communities due to the likelihood of those communities being under-resourced. Rural communities face unique challenges that more urban communities do not face. Preston, a rural community in Idaho, is no exception and is lacking basic resources that would make physical activity and healthy eating more accessible to community members, such as sidewalks and healthy food retailers. Preston, ID community members do recognize where efforts have been made to provide resources for eating healthy or being physically active in their community but see a need for improvement. Once community readiness is determined evidence-based strategies are used to promote healthy eating and increased physical activities resulting in lower body mass indexes for rural children.
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