HOP Publications

The High Obesity Program (HOP) funds land grant universities to work with community extension services in counties where more than 40% of adults have obesity. These publications highlight HOP efforts to increase access to healthier foods and safe places for physical activity, including activities to reduce or eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity.

Publications by Year

Canales E, Fan L, Buys DR, Cantave MD. A market basket assessment: prices and availability of healthy foods across SNAP-authorized food outlets in counties with high obesity rates in Mississippi.external icon Prev Chronic Dis. 2021;18:E99.

Fan L, Canales E, Fountain B, Buys, D. An assessment of the food retail environment in counties with high obesity rates in Mississippiexternal iconJournal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 2021:16:4, 571-593.

Gillespie R, DeWitt E, Norman-Burgdolf H, Dunnaway B, Gustafson A. Community-based efforts aim to improve the food environment within a highly obese rural Appalachian Countyexternal iconNutrients. 2021;13(7):2200.

Jones N, Dlugonski D, Gillespie R, et al. Physical activity barriers and assets in rural Appalachian Kentucky: A mixed-methods studyexternal iconInt J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(14):7646.

King E, Baird-Thomas C, Robertson A, Smith M, Buys, D. Improving the function of a high obesity program: Findings from community-engaged Mississippi Delta focus groupsexternal iconJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 2021:10(4), 123–126.

Seals K, Freightman J, Miller M, Holston D. p7 You snap, we match: improving food access and stimulating a rural, local food system during a public health crisisexternal icon. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2021:53(7), S26-S27.

Stroope J, Greene M, Seal K, Holston D. P110 The Healthy Communities Initiative: Gathering community input during COVID-19external icon. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2021:53(7), S75-S76.

Cardarelli K, DeWitt E, Gillespie R, Norman-Burgdolf H, Jones N, Mullins JT. “We’re, like, the most unhealthy people in the country”: using an equity lens to reduce barriers to healthy food access in rural Appalachiaexternal iconPrev Chronic Dis. 2020;17:E165.

DeWitt E, Gillespie R, Norman-Burgdolf H, Cardarelli KM, Slone S, Gustafson A. Rural SNAP participants and food insecurity: How can communities leverage resources to meet the growing food insecurity status of rural and low-income residents? external iconInt J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(17):6037.

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