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West Virginia: ‘Views from the Front Porch’ Focuses on Physical Activity in Rural Areas

West Virginia University School of Public Health associate professor Dr. Christiaan Abildso is host of “Views from the Front Porch: Rural Physical Activity,” a new series of web-based video interviews and accompanying podcasts during which Dr. Abildso talks with emerging rural physical activity experts about the work that resulted from eight recommended actions outlined in “Rural Active Living: A Call to Action,” published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP).

At the 2016 Active Living Research Conference in Clearwater, Fla., Dr. Abildso and five colleagues hosted a roundtable titled “Lessons from my front porch: Social determinants and rural America.” From their discussion, a rural physical activity workgroup formed, facilitated by the Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus (PAPRN+), which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their ‘Call to Action’ paper, published in the JPHMP, was an outcome of the workgroup’s efforts. In it, they described the uniqueness of the findings of rural research, concluding with eight suggestions for action.

In “Views from the Front Porch,” Dr. Abildso and his guests discuss the work that has resulted from the recommended actions. Along with the interview, a blog post written can be found on the JPHMP Direct website (, a companion site to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

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