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For Immediate Release

RAC Launches Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

Dec 5, 2012 -- In an effort to help rural communities better address the current obesity epidemic, the Rural Assistance Center has launched a Rural Obesity Prevention toolkit. This toolkit contains resources to help communities develop obesity prevention programs, building on best practices of successful obesity prevention programs.

Rural areas in the United States not only have a higher rate of obesity than urban areas, but they also face a different set of challenges when it comes to implementing a successful obesity prevention program. The Rural Obesity Prevention toolkit has the tools to help adapt obesity prevention programs to make them work for your rural community.

Content for the Rural Obesity Prevention toolkit was developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis as part of the Rural Community Health Gateway. The Gateway is designed to help rural communities learn about proven methods of providing rural residents with better access to health and human services. Development of these resources is part of an ongoing effort by NORC and RAC to provide innovative health and human services information to rural America.

Funding for this project is provided by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To learn more about the Rural Community Health Gateway and its current toolkits, visit

For more information
Kristine Sande, RAC Program Director

About the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis was established in 1996 by Project HOPE to study policy issues affecting health care in rural America. The Walsh Center was transferred to NORC at the University of Chicago in 2003, and continues to create unique value for clients by conducting high-quality social science research to investigate, evaluate and address rural health issues. Learn more about the Walsh Center at and NORC at

About the Rural Assistance Center
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) helps people learn about programs, funding and research that can assist them in improving and maintaining healthcare and human services in rural communities. Located at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, RAC provides information and customized assistance through its call center and online resource library,

Phone: 1-800-270-1898

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