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June 23, 2008

How the county High School creates a fitness trail for their community.

Recipe Name:

Families Fit Together


Target audience

  • Graham County families

Partners involved

  • County Health Department
  • Healthy Carolinians-Graham County: Family Fitness Subcommittee
  • Graham County Schools
  • Graham County Cooperative Extension
  • Stanley Furniture
  • Graham County Dept of Social Services
  • US Forest Service
  • Graham County Soil and Water Conservation
  • Graham County Development Dept
  • Graham County Family Resource Center
  • Town of Robbinsville Maintenance Dept
  • Graham County School Health Advisory Committee
  • Graham County Commissioners

Resources needed for the project

  • Eat Smart, Move More NC Community Grant funding
  • $10,000 for Fit Trail fitness stations
  • $6,000 for gravel, culvert, landscaping fabric
  • Incentives, educational materials
  • 2 community workdays


The project

A Fit-Trail with approx one mile of walking trail and 20 fitness stations was installed at the county high school. A family fitness challenge was conducted, encouraging Graham County families to adopt one new physical activity or healthy eating habit each month.

Basic steps to implementing the project

  1. A meeting was organized of community stakeholders to apply for the grant and coordinate the project.
  2. County workers prepared the site for the trail construction
  3. A contractor installed the walking trail
  4. A volunteer work day was held to landscape the trail
  5. The fitness stations were installed
  6. The community awareness campaign was launched, promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

The Timeframe

  • Approx 1 year, June 2006 - June 2007


Outcomes of the project

  • The one-mile trail with 20 fitness stations was completed. 41 students were referred to and received nutritional counseling. 239 people participated in a fitness challenge and reported a cumulative weight loss of 1781.5 pounds.

More Information:

Name, Title: Kristen Shuler, RN, Health Promotion Coordinator
Agency: Graham County Health Department
Address: 113 Moose Branch Road, PO Box 546
City, State, Zip: Robbinsville, NC 28771
Phone: 828-479-7900 ext 228
Fax: 828-479-6956

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