According to a recently published North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services press release, the North Carolina Division of Public Health has officially announced that it will be distributing a total of 21 “Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina” community grants. The money will go to health departments all over the state so that they can create more opportunities for residents to get healthy and get active by exercising and eating better.
The 21 grants equal exactly $321,000 and were given to support the state’s Eat Smart, Move More…North Carolina initiative and Eat Smart, Move More: North Carolina’s Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases.
When the applications became available, thirty-eight public and local health departments applied for the grants to help their communities get active and healthy.
The funding will go to help local health departments build up their exercise and health programs and to try new approaches to healthy behaviors within their communities. The projects will include everything from wellness programs to building new parks and walking trails in the area. All projects must be sustainable even after the funding has expired.
Local public health departments in the following counties and public health districts were selected by the North Carolina Division of Public Health to receive the generous grants: Appalachian Health District, Bladen County, Buncombe County, Catawba County, Durham County, Forsyth County, Granville-Vance Healthy District, Guilford County, Halifax County, Henderson County, Iredell County, Jackson County, Macon County, Orange County, Person County, Pitt County, Robeson County, Rowan County, Swain County, Wayne County, and Wilkes County. Complete descriptions of each funded project can be found on the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina web site, www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com.
In recent national reports, North Carolina was ranked at 17th in the nation for having the most obese adults. In addition, the state also ranks 5th in the country for having the most overweight kids and teens. The number of kids and adults in North Carolina suffering with being overweight or obese is rising each year. If this rate continues in this fashion, the current generation of children could have shorter lives than their parents by several years.
Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is working hard to stop obesity in the state. They are trying to achieve this by creating healthy programs and environments with local public health departments which allow people to lose weight and stay on a completely healthy track through life.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “Twenty-one local health departments to receive funding for healthy eating and physical activity projects.” ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/9-14-07.htm