Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities: Toolkit

Certain characteristics of rural communities contribute to the problem of childhood obesity. This toolkit is intended to provide a range of science-informed, promising or emerging obesity prevention strategies to address childhood obesity in rural communities in five different sectors that serve children. Sectors include:

  • Early Care and Education: Head Start, Pre-K, child care centers and family child care
  • Schools: Elementary, middle, junior high and high schools
  • Out-of-School Time: Traditional afterschool programs, weekend, summer and holiday programs
  • Other Community Initiatives: Community wellness councils and coalitions, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, community gardens, walking and biking trails, community recreation facilities, etc.
  • Health Care: Primary care, hospitals and community health workers
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