Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

The Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit provides comprehensive policy options for healthy eating and active living that rural communities can implement to address this threat to children’s health.

Recommendations are specific to rural settings, but also can be adapted to urban or suburban areas. They are focused on helping rural communities make healthy eating and physical activity the easy and available option for all residents.

Part 1 of this toolkit addresses active living and the built environment. Part 2 addresses healthy eating. Each policy area includes a specific objective and three elements for achieving that objective: a menu of policy strategies, a list of potential
stakeholders, and a compilation of available resources for effective implementation. 


about the grantee

Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods. For more information, visit