Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

By Angie Hunt, ISU News Service

AMES, Iowa – More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area.

Higher rates of smoking, high blood pressure and obesity among rural Americans, as well as poverty rates and access to health care all contribute to this disparity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.