Drexel University’s Dr. Ana Martinez-Donate, and her fellow researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a strategy for healthy eating intervention that showed great promise for rural communities by utilizing local supermarkets and restaurants. The study recently published online in Health Promotion Practice describes how the research team partnered with a local nutrition-promoting coalition in Waupaca, Wisconsin, a town of roughly 6,000, to influence the foods supermarkets and restaurants made available and how they promoted them. Most of the research into healthy eating interventions occurs in urban settings, Dr. Martinez-Donate said. Rural areas are at a special disadvantage because there are fewer resources available — like city-sponsored programs and academic institutions —and they tend to have even greater obesity rates. Yet rural areas have a significant distinction that works in their favor – they are usually tightly knit.