Special Issue "Diet and Physical Activity Behaviors among Rural Populations"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lacey McCormack
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Guest Editor
Health & Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
Interests: public health; nutrition; eidemiology; rural populations
Dr. Jessica Meendering
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Guest Editor
Health & Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA‎
Interests: exercise physiology; physical activity; rural populations; public health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A disparity in obesity prevalence exists between rural and urban populations in the United States. Examining the diet and physical activity behaviors of rural populations, along with how the rural environment contributes to those behaviors, will help in providing context for rural-focused health promotion and disease prevention efforts. This Special Issue will highlight studies that focus on the unique issues surrounding diet and physical activity behaviors among rural populations.

In particular, we are interested in research conducted across the spectrum of what is defined as rural, both geographically and population-wise. We are also especially interested in work that compares rural and urban populations and contains high-quality diet and physical activity data. The rural environment is broadly defined and may include settings such as the home, school, community, or broader region. We will consider a variety of research papers, including reviews, observational studies, and intervention or implementation trials.

We look forward to your submissions.

Dr. Lacey McCormack
Dr. Jessica Meendering
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • diet
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • behavior
  • rural
  • obesity
  • environment
  • children
  • adults

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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