RB 5_23   Support for Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Communities: Insights from a National Survey of Local Governments

This paper explores local government policies that facilitate or support healthy eating and active living. Microdata from the “Community Based Survey of Supports for Healthy Eating and Active Living” (CBS HEAL)” were collated to gain insights into healthy living. Data analysis suggests that the nonmetro has fewer municipalities that require installation of dedicated bicycle infrastructure for roadway expansion projects. More than one in five local governments in both the metro and the nonmetro provide tax incentives such as tax abatement, tax credit, or property tax exemption to attract supermarkets and full-service grocery stores to their community.