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Perceptions of the environment for eating and exercise in a rural community.
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PMID:  20303828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To understand how members of a rural community perceive the effect of the built, natural, and social environments on their food choice and physical activity behaviors.
METHODS: A constructivist community environmental assessment was conducted including 17 individual qualitative interviews, 2 focus groups, and photo elicitation (n = 27) in a rural northeastern community where over 60% of the adult population is overweight or obese.
RESULTS: Participants described social, natural, and physical environmental factors that influenced their food choice and physical activity behaviors. Overweight and obesity were variably presented as an individual and/or a collective problem. Participants described conflicting goals for food choice and physical activity in the community, and an interrelationship between the social and physical environments.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: A community environmental assessment provides a view of the physical and social environments from the perspective of community residents that can serve as a foundation for locally tailored, community-based approaches to obesity prevention.
Mary Maley; Barbour S Warren; Carol M Devine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2010-03-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-03     Completed Date:  2010-08-09     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Society for Nutrition Education. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research, Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Diet / psychology*
Exercise / psychology*
Focus Groups
Health Behavior*
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Needs Assessment
New York
Overweight / etiology*,  prevention & control
Residence Characteristics
Rural Population*
Social Environment
Young Adult

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