Seniors Getting Active in Rural New York: Improving Physical Activity and Eating Environments in Rural Communities


  • Cornell University


  • 24 older adult citizen scientists from four rural communties in New York State. 


  • Document barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and active living


  • Developed a civic engagement group to increase physical activity year-round for all ages
  • Created plans and raised funds for the development of fitness in the town's rundown playground


Seguin RA, Morgan EH, Connor LM, Garner JA, King AC, Sheats JL, et al. Rural Food and Physical Activity Assessment Using an Electronic Tablet Based Application, New York, 2013–2014. Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:150147.


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