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Transformation of a Rural Community for Active Living

Smith, Matthew Lee PhD, MPH, CHES; Bazzarre, Terry L. PhD; Frisco, Jeannie BS; Jackman, Barbara A. MHA; Cox, Nancy J. MSW; Ory, Marcia G. PhD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31820e0d2e
Issues in Rural Health

The current economic recession is challenging all communities to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and families. Rural communities are often more vulnerable than their more urban counterparts because of limited resources and services. Successful models are needed in rural communities that demonstrate the benefits of linking programs, services, and policies that promote active living to improve population health. This article reports the lessons learned by the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness and Activate initiative as a rural model for active living and provides recommendations for other rural communities.

School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas (Dr Smith); Fire Fly Farm, Efland, North Carolina (Dr Bazzarre); Activate Martinsville-Henry County Martinsville, Virginia (Ms Frisco); Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness Martinsville, Virginia (Ms Jackman); The Harvest Foundation, Martinsville, Virginia (Ms Cox); and School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, Texas (Dr Ory).

Correspondence: Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, CPP, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 1266 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843 (matlsmit@tamu.edu).

This project was made possible with funds from the Harvest Foundation and the dedicated staff and partners of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness and Activate Martinsville-Henry County.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.