ERIC Number: EJ882558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Perceptions of the Environment for Eating and Exercise in a Rural Community
Maley, Mary Maly; Warren, Barbour S.; Devine, Carol M.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v42 n3 p185-191 May-Jun 2010
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.
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Focus Groups, Rural Areas, Environmental Influences, Social Environment, Natural Resources, Eating Habits, Food, Interviews, Body Weight
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