Special Issue "Nutrition and Dietary Health Promotion in Rural Areas"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Leanne Brown
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Guest Editor
The University of Newcastle, Australiadisabled, Callaghan, Australia
Interests: health promotion; nutrition intake; nutrition interventions; rural health
Dr. Tracy Schumacher
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle, Tamworth, Australia
Interests: cardiovascular disease; dietary intake methodology; nutrition interventions; rural health
Dr. Laura Alston
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Assistant Guest Editor
1. The Global Obesity Centre, Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
2. Deakin Rural Health, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Interests: nutrition and dietetics; rural health; rural health services; food environments; cardiovascular disease and non-communicable diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Good nutrition is key to achieving positive health outcomes for rural populations across the globe. A range of geographical, environmental, and behavioral factors in rural communities have an impact on nutrition status. Compared to urban areas, rural communities have different food intakes, which may contribute to different patterns of health risk and chronic disease. Issues of over- or under-nutrition vary across populations and settings, requiring approaches that consider the rural or remote context. Across the globe, in some rural areas key nutrition issues are related to nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition. Alternatively, other rural areas may have higher rates of overweight and obesity with an increased reliance on energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods, with a number of complex contributing factors.

In rural areas, food access is often impacted by vast distances and environmental changes (such as droughts and floods), resulting in higher costs of optimal food choices. Health promotion and public health nutrition interventions or initiatives can provide opportunities to influence food environments and support changes in nutrition and dietary health. Improvements in dietary patterns and/or nutrient intakes can assist in preventing or limiting the development of chronic health problems. Health professionals and other key stakeholders can advocate for changes that optimize the food supply and create equitable food environments.

We are interested in papers that provide insights into nutrient intakes, dietary patterns, or relevant food-related behaviors of population groups living in rural and remote locations. Studies or initiatives that provide solutions to improvements in dietary intakes, the prevention of chronic disease, or demonstrate collaboration across sectors to address these public health nutrition issues are also of interest.

Dr. Leanne Brown
Dr. Tracy Schumacher
Dr. Laura Alston
Guest Editors

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  • nutrition
  • nutrient intake
  • food intake
  • food environments
  • diet
  • diet quality
  • health promotion
  • rural population
  • rural health
  • chronic disease
  • prevention

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The Influence of Rurality on Fruit and Vegetable Intake and BMI: Findings in Mississippi Are Not Consistent with Those at the National Level
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 5021; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18095021 - 10 May 2021
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Sixty percent of Americans have at least one chronic disease that is both diet-related and preventable. Those living in rural areas often experience a greater burden of disease than those who live near a city center. The purpose of this study is to [...] Read more.
Sixty percent of Americans have at least one chronic disease that is both diet-related and preventable. Those living in rural areas often experience a greater burden of disease than those who live near a city center. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of rurality on fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption and BMI. Additionally, the study compares national results to those in Mississippi, a state with an aging population, and high rates of poverty, rurality, poor diet, and obesity. Data utilized were from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. One-way analyses of covariance were performed to determine impact of rurality on nutritional intake and BMI, while controlling for age, income, education, race, and the presence of children in the home. At the national level, rurality had a significant impact on BMI, and the daily intake of fruit juice, fruits, dark green vegetables, French fries, potatoes, other vegetables, and total daily vegetable intake. BMI and nutritional intake of those living in Mississippi was significantly poorer than those living in other states. More research is needed to determine how to best facilitate access to healthy FVs for those living in rural communities. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition and Dietary Health Promotion in Rural Areas)
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