A Community Assessment to Inform a Multilevel Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Risk Disparities in a Rural Community

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Abstract

To complete a formative evaluation to identify community-level assets and barriers to healthy lifestyle choices, we conducted qualitative interviews, community audits, and secondary data analyses. We solicited local leaders' perspectives regarding winnability of obesity prevention policy options. Participants noted that many resources were available, yet a barrier was high cost. There were more parks per capita in low-income areas, but they were of lower quality. The most winnable obesity prevention policy was incentives for use of food from local farms. Results are being used to inform an intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural eastern North Carolina.

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