Rural U.S. residents bear a greater burden of obesity than urban residents and may have limited access to healthy foods and physical activity. Extension agents for Family and Consumer Sciences requested an adult weight management curriculum. Specialists developed Weight ~ The Reality Series (WTRS) as two curricula: Becoming Weight Wise and Becoming Body Wise. More than 7,000 Kentucky residents have participated in WTRS, with about 30% losing 5% or more of their initial body weight. Development, implementation, and evaluation of this program demonstrate the feasibility of reaching a rural audience through County Extension Offices on the topic of weight management.
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Mullins, J., Sigler, P., & Miller-Spillman, K. (2014). Weight ~ The Reality Series: An Extension Weight Management Program for Adults. The Journal of Extension, 52(1), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.01.10