Transformation of a rural community for active living

Matthew Lee Smith, Terry L. Bazzarre, Jeannie Frisco, Barbara A. Jackman, Nancy J. Cox, Marcia G. Ory

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The current economic recession is challenging all communities to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and families. Rural communities are often more vulnerable than their more urban counterparts because of limited resources and services. Successful models are needed in rural communities that demonstrate the benefits of linking programs, services, and policies that promote active living to improve population health. This article reports the lessons learned by the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness and Activate initiative as a rural model for active living and provides recommendations for other rural communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • active living
  • coalition model
  • healthy choices
  • rural communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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