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 www.ncdot.gov/bikeped

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 www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com.

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, http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/CWCguide/CWCguide.html .

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 www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com. 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
Video

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

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

Jan 18, 2013

Webinar


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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