Maine Rural Health Research Center
Join the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) for the Veterans Choice Program Webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST). The Veterans Choice Program is a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that expands access to health care to thousands of veterans by allowing them to receive care from non-VA healthcare providers. This program provides an opportunity for rural healthcare providers to partner with the VA in providing services to rural veterans.
Note: Registration is not required for this webinar
An audio recording and written transcript will be made available to participants approximately one week following the webinar.
Gina Capra, Director, U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Rural Health;
Lelia Jackson, Acting Director, VHA, Office of Community Engagement TriWest and Health Net Representatives
Researchers at the Maine Rural Health Research Center Rural have published a review in the January 2015 issue of Current Obesity Reports describing the rural community, home, and individual food environments and what is known about their roles in healthy eating.
Abstract: Rural residents are more likely to be obese and overweight compared to their urban counterparts. Studies of specific rural communities have found that the limited availability of healthy foods in the community and home as well as individual characteristics and preferences contribute to poor diet and overweight. The rural food environment is varied and may be affected by climate, regional and cultural preferences, transportation access, and remoteness among other factors. Given this diversity and the vulnerabilities of rural residents, who are more likely to have low-income, substandard housing or low educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts, policy and programmatic interventions should target specific needs and communities.
Suggested Citation: Lenardson, J. D., Hansen, A. Y., & Hartley, D. (2015). Rural and remote food environments and obesity. Current Obesity Reports. doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0136-5