Extension engaged rural Idaho community stakeholders to assess local resources and readiness to address obesogenic contexts through use of the Extension tool HEAL MAPPS. Through participatory photomapping, focus group involvement, and a community readiness conversation, residents identified environmental resources and local efforts as supports for and barriers to healthful eating and active living. Findings indicated that the community was "vaguely aware" that rural obesity risk is a socioenvironmentally determined issue. Extension professionals using HEAL MAPPS effectively promoted new and shared knowledge of weight health resources among community members, enabled rural residents to have a voice in addressing the community context, and empowered community actions.
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Jensen, K. D., Tifft, K., Winfield, T., Gunter, K., Karp, G. G., & John, D. H. (2019). Engaging Residents in Participatory Photomapping and Readiness Conversations to Address the Rural Obesogenic Context. The Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss5/3