Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Underserved Youth: Healthy Places, Active Spaces Grant Success Stories

September 2, 2014

From August 2010 through August 2014, North Carolina Division of Public Health, in partnership with the NC Public Health Foundation and funder, the John Rex Endowment, worked with eight Wake County organizations on the Healthy Places, Active Spaces (HPAS) Grants Program. HPAS worked to promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved youth in communities across Wake County. Click here to learn more about how the organizations that were funded implemented policy and environmental change strategies to make the healthy choice the easy choice in the communities they serve.

Walk to School Day 2014

August 25, 2014

Walk to School Day 2014 is quickly approaching!  If you or someone you know is planning a Walk to School Day in NC, read on.

Register your 2014 Walk to School Day event and receive a North Carolina Safe Routes to School Program event kit

The first 75 K-8 NC schools that register an event for Walk to School Day (taking place on October 8, 2014) at will receive a kit to help promote fun and safety at the event.

Your SRTS Walk to School Day Kit will include:

  • Water bottles for event leaders
  • Walk to School Day stickers
  • SRTS reflective stickers and zipper pulls
  • Pencils

Walk to School Day is an international event that gives communities across the world the opportunity to join together in walking to school on the same day. The event is part of the movement to improve safety and encourages walking to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute. Although Walk to School Day is a one day event, it is leading to long term change. Students, parents and teachers are using Walk to School Day to inspire transformation in their communities.

Easy steps to receiving a kit:

  1. Go to and register a school in North Carolina that serves K-8 students.
  2. Plan a Walk to School Day Event. While Walk to School Day is October 8, 2014, if that date doesn’t work for your school calendar, it’s okay to celebrate on a different day in October.
  3. Hurry! Only the first 75 qualifying registrants will receive a kit.

Increasing Healthy Living in North Carolina Communities:
Eat Smart, Move More Community Grant 2012-2013 Success Stories

July 3, 2014

The Eat Smart, Move More Community Grants Program supported local health departments in North Carolina in their efforts to develop community-based interventions that encourage, promote and facilitate physical activity and healthy eating. The purpose of the program was to provide funding to local communities to implement strategies that advance the goals and objectives of North Carolina's Obesity Prevention Plan. Click here to learn how counties funded in 2012-2013 helped their residents to eat smart and move more.

Million Hearts and Eating-Well magazine launch heart-healthy nutrition resource

July 1, 2014

The Million Hearts initiative announces the launch of a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Eating-Well magazine. The resource center features lower-sodium, heart-healthy recipes and family-friendly meal plans, with an emphasis on managing sodium intake, a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease.

By helping individuals and families access content and recipes to promote consumption of healthier foods, this consumer-friendly addition to existing Million Hearts tools supports the initiative's goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes.

"Because sodium is a major contributor to high blood pressure, it is important to help people understand how they can manage sodium intake at home," said Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Hearts. “This online resource offers practical, accessible eating and lifestyle-based solutions for people looking for ways to reduce sodium in their diet and create heart-healthy, tasty meals for themselves and their families.

June Eat Smart, Move More Leadership Team Quarterly E-Letter

June 16, 2014

Click here to review the latest accomplishments of the Leadership Team and to learn about events that support the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina movement.

New Consumer Brochure Available in English and Spanish for use at Farmers’ Markets

June 11, 2014

The Celebrating a Healthy Harvest: Tips and recipes for fresh fruits and vegetables (Celebremos una Cosecha Saludable: Consejos y recetas para preparar frutas y verduras frescas) brochure was developed and field tested by state-level partners in North Carolina for use by consumers shopping at Farmers’ Markets. It features 14 popular fruits and vegetables grown in NC (apples, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, cucumber, green peppers, greens, peaches, strawberries, summer squash, sweet potato, tomato and watermelon).

Celebrating a Healthy Harvest includes one recipe for each fruit or vegetable along with short tips on their nutritional benefits and how to buy, store and prepare them. It is written at an 8th grade reading level and is available in both English and Spanish. There are a variety of downloadable versions of the brochure, including full color and black and white consumer print-friendly and professional printing versions, including the ability to add text or logos to the back page.

Click here to download

Eat Smart, Move More NC Movement Video Is Up

May 27, 2014

This four minute video shows how communities and businesses across North Carolina are joining the movement to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The video features a convenience store owner’s initiative to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to his customers, a health care network’s use of pricing strategies to increase the sales of healthy foods in a hospital cafeteria, and a church’s success in creating a community garden. The video also showcases a YMCA’s emphasis on community health, highlighting its physical activity, mobile kitchen and gardening programs. Watch the video, and learn what you can do to encourage the people of your community to eat smart and move more.

Let's Go NC!

March 14, 2014

The Let's Go NC! Curriculum is founded upon the NCDOT's Basics of Bicycling (BoB) and NHTSA's Pedestrian Safety Curriculum. There are two components of the curriculum; Let's go Walking! and Let's go Biking! There are five main themes for the Let's Go Walking!, portion. It includes skill building activities, enhancing balanced curriculum opportunities, tying the lessons' objectives to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and revised individual lessons for clearer directions to instructors while making more direct connections beyond traffic safety to physical health and well-being. New and specifically offered through Let's Go Walking! are the five lesson review videos, which add another visual tool to instructors to reach children who prefer that learning style. Let's Go Biking! incorporates 5 course topics, (2 classroom and 3 on-bike). The Let's Go Biking! material was created to broaden the age range beyond grades 4-5 and offer a parallel structure to the pedestrian lessons. Other components that are offered in the Let's Go Biking! instruction include suggestions for balanced curriculum, parent tip sheets, and an assortment of worksheets or handouts appropriate to the individual teaching levels.

Check out the Let's Go NC! Curriculum at

Updated Breastfeeding and Worksites Document Now Available

February 24, 2014

The NC Division of Public Health in cooperation with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition and in support of Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is pleased to share the newly updated Eat Smart North Carolina: Businesses Leading the Way in Support of Breastfeeding -2nd Edition. This expanded guide is a planning and resource primer for any employer who is looking for suggestions on becoming a breastfeeding-friendly worksite or business. It can be used in a variety of worksite settings including private and non-profit businesses, faith organizations, schools, child care, government agencies as well as community organizations.

The primer outlines federal and state breastfeeding-related directives and describes the benefits for businesses that choose to support breastfeeding for their employees and customers. Practical information such as sample policies, easy practices to implement, NC success stories from employees, and state and national breastfeeding resources are also included.

The guide is available on several websites including Eat Smart, Move More NC, Nutrition Services Branch and the NC Breastfeeding Coalition.

Click here to see the full document.

The North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Outlet Inventory Supplemental Data One-Pager, 2012

January 7, 2014

The North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Outlet Inventory Supplemental Data One-Pager, 2012 is now posted for viewing on www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC. The North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable Outlet Inventory (NC FVOI) will be used annually to collect information about access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The inventory defined an outlet as a venue with a predictable location and hours of operation that sells produce, but that is not a retail store. This included, but was not limited to, farmers' markets, roadside stands, curbside markets, and tailgate markets. Click here to read the document.

NC languishing in the throes of obesity

September 3, 2013

by David Gardner

Published in The News & Observer on July 16, 2013 and published in The Daily Reflector on July 24, 2013

North Carolina is blessed with majestic mountains, expansive beaches, meandering rivers and streams and a year-around climate that begs our residents to go outside and play. We boast municipal, state and national parks; community recreation programs; winter and summer sports; road races and countless more opportunities to move and be active. North Carolina is also blessed with a diverse agriculture that provides a cornucopia of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and other farm products. A growing and robust network of farmers’ markets and farm stands, school and community gardens, and food-focused community initiatives make eating healthy more appealing and accessible than ever. Given such rich natural and developing resources, who would believe North Carolina continues to languish in the throes of an obesity epidemic? In spite of its natural and man-made resources, the Tar Heel State is not immune to the devastating effect of unhealthy weight that continues to threaten our health and economic well-being.

Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina adults and 1 in 3 youth are overweight or obese. These numbers reflect a public health crisis that has led to increased risk factors and rates for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and lower life quality for far too many North Carolinians. More than a decade ago, a small group of concerned and devoted health leaders met to develop a response to the obesity epidemic in North Carolina. This small group discussion quickly grew to a grassroots statewide movement named Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina. The movement promotes the use of evidence-based strategies that make healthy eating and active living easier for all North Carolinians. More than 85 organizations across the state have joined. In addition, hundreds of companies, agencies, schools, congregations and individuals use the movement’s resources and guidance.

In 2007, Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina released its first N.C. Obesity Prevention Plan and in January 2013 released the second edition of a state plan titled “North Carolina’s Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities.” This new plan provides our state and local leaders proven strategies for helping residents achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The plan is unique to North Carolina. It builds upon our existing assets and resources, and encourages all sectors of society to combine resources to reduce duplication of effort. Throughout its history, North Carolina has been known for its rugged independence, its resilience, its adaptability and stubborn determination to overcome challenges. When North Carolinians find a common foe, we unite and fight as one. Such a collaborative spirit is essential to combat obesity and move residents to healthy weight. We have unmatched natural and human resources. We have a new plan. We have proven strategies that work. I encourage all North Carolina leaders, officials and residents to use the plan, join the movement, eat smart and move more. David Gardner is executive director of the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville and a past chairman of Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team.

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina: Create a Buzz – Mobilize Your Community

August 22, 2013

The newly revised Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina’s: Create a Buzz – Mobilize your Community is now posted for use on

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina: Create a Buzz - Mobilize Your Community is a planning guide that provides information and tools for anyone interested in creating a community wide campaign in their community. The step-by-step guide outlines how to develop communications strategies that will create a buzz and mobilize your community into action around healthy eating and active living.

This resource also includes definitions and information about every stage of campaign planning, implementation and evaluation. There are links to existing Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina resources and ads, examples from communities across the state and other resources to aid in the development of a campaign. The entire Guide can be found at, .

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Branding, Logo Usage and Style Guide

August 13, 2013

The newly revised Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina’s Branding, Logo Usage and Style Guide is now posted for use on This guide can be used as a valuable tool when preparing materials that will include the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina logo or brand. Users can refer to individual sections in the guide that relates to specific aspects of the logo they 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 North Carolina brand. The entire Guide can be found here.

Eat Smart, Move More: North Carolina’s Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases, 2007-2012 - Final Report

June 4, 2013

The Final Report on Eat Smart, Move More: North Carolina’s Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases, 2007-2012 is now available. North Carolina’s Obesity Prevention Plan 2007-2012 was created by the Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team to serve as the one Plan to guide the efforts of everyone working on obesity prevention across the state. The Final Report highlights key data points through a brief discussion of each objective in the Plan. It also features the stories of individuals and organizations across the state who found success in making healthy eating and physical activity the easy choice.

Click here to read the 2007-2012 Final Report.

How Does Transportation Affect Public Health?

May 28, 2013

The May/June 2013 Issue of Public Roads (a bimonthly publication of the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Research, Development and Technology) has an article that highlights how organizations, MPOs and state transportation departments across the country are looking at the important relationship between public health and transportation. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is highlighted in this article for incorporating “health” in their mission statement and adopting a public health policy.

To read the entire article, click here.

New HBO Documentary Spotlights North Carolina Teenager

May 9, 2013

A North Carolina teenager from Goldsboro shares her story and fight towards healthier options in her school cafeteria in a documentary seen by the entire nation.

When The Weight of the Nation premiered in May 2012, HBO sounded the alarm that obesity is the single most important driver of chronic disease and disability in this country, and that it could be the reason why children born in the United States today might have shorter lives than their parents.

On May 7, 2013, HBO once again called attention to the obesity crisis when it premiered the three-part series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids. Watch Kebreeya’s Salad Days to see how Kebreeya takes her fight to city hall and wins.

Click here to see the video.

Eat Smart, Move More NC in the media

Jan 28, 2013

The Eat Smart, Move More NC Leadership Team released North Carolina's new Obesity Prevention Plan on January 24th at the North Carolina State Health Director's Conference. Click on the links below to see some of the media coverage from the release:

NC Now
Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Chair of the State Obesity Prevention Plan Writing Team

NPR - WUNC 91.5
Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Chair of the State Obesity Prevention Plan Writing Team

North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 2013-2020

Jan 18, 2013


North Carolina’s new Obesity Prevention Plan will be released on January 24, 2013 at the North Carolina State Health Director’s Conference. Members of the Eat Smart, Move More NC Executive Committee presented about the upcoming release of the Plan as part of the Community Transformation Grant Webinar series, hosted by the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Click here to listen to the webinar

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