Extension educators can serve as a catalyst to engage rural older adults to build community awareness and support healthy lifestyle choices. The study reported investigated rural elders' views of the supports and challenges for physical activity through the community-based participatory process. Older adults photographed their community to collectively assess issues they faced in maintaining active lifestyles. Elders identified and reported aspects of personal and community choice that serve to act as supports or barriers for their physical activity. Elders' engagement in community issues identification can serve to promote positive health behavior practices throughout the lifecycle.
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Stephenseon, L. (2012). My Community, My Voice: Rural Older Adults Speak Through Photography. The Journal of Extension, 50(1), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss1/8