What? The N.C. Statewide Health Promotion Program, led by the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health, supports community-based programs that improve the health of North Carolinians by reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases. Funds are distributed to health promotion programs in local health departments throughout the state to work with community partners in creating policy changes and environmental supports addressing at least one of the three major chronic disease risk factors - physical inactivity, poor diet and tobacco use.
Why? Poor diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use are behaviors contributing to the leading preventable causes of death in North Carolina and are known risk factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Efforts to address health behavior change in individuals or populations must include environmental changes to address these behaviors
Where? The North Carolina General Assembly created the N.C. Statewide Health Promotion Program in 1987. Recognized as the first in the nation, the program sustains ongoing, comprehensive health promotion efforts right here in Franklin County!
Local Examples: Franklin County Health Department Health Promotion has partnered with local schools, community and faith based organizations to.
- Construct walking trails in local communities
- Advocate for more nutritious foods selection in schools through programs such as Winner's Circle
- Partner with local faith organizations to adopt healthy eating policies
- And Much, Much More!
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