Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team
The Leadership Team works make it easier for North Carolinian to eat smart and move more. The multi-agency partnership oversees the implementation of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement guided by North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 2013-2020.
The organizational structure of the Leadership Team includes an Executive Committee and ad hoc committees that are established as needed. The Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team operates under a set of Bylaws and Organizational Structure, Policies and Procedures.
Logo Usage Guidelines
Anyone using the Eat Smart, Move More NC Logo must follow the logo usage guidelines. When preparing materials that will include the Eat Smart, Move More NC logo, refer to the individual section in the logo usage guide that relates to the specific aspects of the logo you plan to use. Each section provides specific rules for usage, offers application guidelines and answers the most frequently asked questions regarding the Eat Smart, Move More NC logo.
In the past, we have surveyed member organizations about their roles in the Leadership Team and implementing NC's Obesity Prevention Plan. The evaluation reports below were conducted on NC's Obesity Prevention Plan.
Leadership Team Members *
* Membership on the Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team does not constitute endorsement of any individual, organization, business entity, or product and none should be inferred. Membership is open to any organization, business, agency, coalition or non-profit that supports the mission and purpose of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement.[Back to Top]
David Gardner, Chair
David Gardner joined the UNC-Asheville community in July, 2010 as the founding Executive Director of the NC Center for Health and Wellness. A Raleigh native, Gardner received his BS and MA degrees in Health and Physical Education from Appalachian State University and his Doctor of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Gardner brings more than 35 years of experience in the areas of public and higher education, work place wellness, community health, adult health and wellness and childhood obesity prevention to his leadership role at the NC Center for Health and Wellness. David provides statewide leadership in the battle against childhood obesity as a member of the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund Fit Together Childhood Obesity Study Committee, as Vice-Chair for the Eat Smart Move More NC Leadership Team, the Be Active NC Program Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee for the NC Prevention Partners Childhood Obesity Roundtable. He was also a member of the Education Writing Team for the National Physical Activity Plan. Dr. Gardner serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Public Health Foundation, the Advancement Board for the Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Department at Appalachian State and as a Trustee for the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Vondell Clark, Vice Chair
Vondell Clark, M.D., M.P.H. is the Medical Director of Catawba Valley Medical Center's Healthy House and the FAN (Fitness, Awareness & Nutrition) program. Dr. Clark served with the U.S. Public Health Service in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) II, Hispanic HANES, and was a member of the NHANES III development team. In addition to his medical degree, he obtained an M.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition from U.N.C.- Chapel Hill. Dr. Clark is board certified in Family Medicine, Bariatric Medicine and in Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Clark was appointed to Americans in Motion Healthy Initiatives (AIM-HI), a national advisory board to the American Academy of Family Practice. The Board addresses physical activity, nutrition, and emotional well being in the individual, family and community.
Kevin Cain, Member at Large
Kevin Cain became the first President and CEO of the John Rex Endowment in 2001. In that role, he has had the opportunity to influence the endowment's approaches to grant making and measure its impact on the community. He had been the vice-president for planning and marketing at Rex Hospital and played a role in the transaction with UNC Healthcare that created the new endowment. The endowment started a ten-year $10,000,000 Healthy Weight Initiative in 2006. That initiative supports clinical interventions, elementary school programs, neighborhood programs, Advocates for Health in Action, and community gardens. Kevin is actively involved with the North Carolina Health Funders, the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Wake County Smart Start, and the Wake County Public Health Committee.
Maggie Sauer, Member at Large
Maggie Sauer is the President and CEO of the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs (www.ncfahp.org). Maggie joined the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs from the NC Medical Society Foundation as Associate Executive Director where she was in charge of programs to improve access to primary care in rural and underserved communities, leadership programs for physicians and specific areas of technical assistance to primary care practices. She joined the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation from Duke University Medical Center, Community and Family Medicine's Division of Community Health. As director of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention she managed 36 community-based projects located across North Carolina targeting uninsured and/or underserved individuals to prevent chronic disease and obesity. Maggie was part of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Medicine in the Division of Allied Health Sciences for 10 years. She participated in and coordinated medical teams at Boston Children's Hospital and the University of North Carolina. Maggie received her Masters of Science in speech/language pathology from Colorado State University and her master's in health administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Betsy Vetter, Member at Large
Betsy Vetter is the NC Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association (AHA). She began work with the AHA in 2002 supporting Advocacy, Youth Market and Health Initiatives. In 2004 she assumed the role of the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, during which time she tripled the number of active grassroots advocates. In 2008, Betsy was promoted to her current position, NC Director of Government Relations. Currently Betsy serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, the statewide coalition working to improve the health of North Carolinians by advocating policies that promote wellness and reduce the impact of tobacco use and obesity. The NC Alliance for Health has achieved multiple legislative successes including making all North Carolina restaurants and bars smoke-free in 2009 and supporting requiring fitness testing in schools in 2010.
Carolyn Dunn, Past Chair
Dr. Carolyn Dunn is a nutrition specialist with the NC Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University. She provides program expertise and statewide leadership for children’s nutrition and wellness. She conducts in-service education programs in child nutrition, physical activity and women’s wellness. She develops nutrition education materials to be used by extension agents across North Carolina and links with other state level agencies dealing with nutrition and health concerns. Carolyn is the author/developer for numerous programs and tools that address healthy eating and physical activity. She is the co-author of Color Me Healthy, the award winning nutrition and physical activity program for children ages 4 and 5. She has developed several multimedia programs for children and adults and frequently uses technology and multimedia for nutrition and physical activity education. She has been involved with the Eat Smart, Move More…NC movement since its inception.
Lori Rhew, Coordinator
Lori Rhew is the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina (ESMM NC) Coordinator. In this role she provides staff support and administration to the ESMM NC movement. Lori has many years of experience working in state and local health departments to promote physical activity and healthy eating. She is also involved with national efforts to promote physical activity through the National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH), serving on the Board of Directors and on the development team for the Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist certification. Lori received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from Bowling Green State University and her masters in Sport and Exercise Science from The Ohio State University.
Sherée Thaxton Vodicka, Member at Large
Sherée Thaxton Vodicka, MA, RD, LDN is a Community Health Specialist with WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Executive Director of Advocates for Health in Action (AHA), a healthy weight collaborative whose mission is to make healthful eating and active living the way of life in Wake County, North Carolina. Before coming to AHA, Sherée served eight years managing integrated marketing communications for the N.C. Division of Public Health's Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch around healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight for all North Carolinians. In that role, Sherée and her team of health communication and social marketing experts led the state's obesity prevention work through storytelling, media relations and social marketing to drive improved eating and activity behaviors among our state's 9.5 million residents. Sherée co-authored three consumer education curricula and published numerous articles in academic, trade and consumer publications. Sherée received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky with High Distinction, and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. Sherée is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She serves as Education Chair on the Executive Committee of Dietitians in Business and Communications, a Dietetics Practice Group, and is a member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group. Sherée practices what she preaches. She loves to cook delicious, nutritious meals with fresh ingredients from her garden, and stays in shape running, biking, and practicing Pilates and yoga. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, Doug.
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