Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date



MRHRC, Access/Insurance, population health, RALA, physical activity, rural, USM Aging Initiative, Health and Wellness, Policy, Social/Cultural


This brief summarizes current research on elements of the rural built environment that may be related to obesity or physical activity. Much of this research is qualitative in nature, including evidence and conclusions drawn from rural focus groups, PhotoVoice studies, policy statements, observations from the field, and lessons learned from rural active living interventions.

Funding Organization

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



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