Environmental Factors Affecting Rural Physical Activity Behaviors: Learning from Community Partners

Online Publication Date: 
September 16, 2021
Publication Status: 

** Published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) 15.3 September 2021. All rights reserved.**

Background: Rural environments present many barriers to regular physical activity (PA), and residents who live in these communities are at higher risk for a variety of health issues.
Objectives: We used community-based participatory research (CBPR) to guide the development of project interventions and enhance partnerships within the communities.
Methods: University–community partnerships, including Extension professionals, were used to gather data from twenty key informants in two West Virginia counties.
Results: Respondents identified places as both barriers (lack of access or quality) and assets in their communities. Community culture was identified as a significant barrier. Solutions that emerged from the data include new/enhanced places or events/programs.