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Funded Counties 2006-2007

Alexander County will develop extensive plans to increase residents' healthy eating and physical activity behaviors through improvements to the county park. Improvements would include paving the walking trail, adding fitness stations and offering educational opportunities at Matheson Park.

Appalachian District Health Department and partners in Alleghany and Ashe Counties envision communities in which walking is the new social norm. We plan a multi-level intervention addressing individuals, organizations, and communities by constructing two community walking trails on the site of Glade Creek Elementary School and Downtown West Jefferson.

Buncombe County Health Center requests funding to expand the Community Garden initiative in the historical Shiloh African American Community so that it becomes a well-supported, sustainable effort that increases fruit and vegetable consumption thru activities that develop gardening and cooking skills, honor and celebrate food traditions, and promote multi-generational interactions.

Caldwell County grant funds will construct a missing section of a pathway that will link a municipal pathway (that stops at the edge of school property) with two schools allowing students to walk or ride bicycles to school, exercise during school and allowing adults to exercise using a safe and accessible trail.

Chatham County The purpose of the Town Lake to Downtown project is to increase physical activity in Pittsboro students and their parents. The project will place signs and label trees for educational purposes on Town Lake Park Trail, create walking brochures, form an Outdoor Classroom Club, and implement a media campaign.

Davie County Health Department partnered with the Davie County Elementary Schools and Cooperative Extension Service to implement the Take 10! Program in the 05-06 school year in all 6 elementary schools in the county. The grant award will allow for additional Take 10! curriculum kits to be purchased so that each elementary school classroom will have its own copy. The grant will also allow for the expansion of the physical activity project into the 2 Davie County Middle Schools through the use of the Energizers curriculum for middle schools. These two programs will help the schools exceed the minimum physical education requirements at each level.

Graham County: In an attempt to reverse the tide of obesity and chronic disease among Graham County families through increasing physical activity opportunities, the "Families Fit Together-Eat Smart, Move More" project will complete a fitness/walking trail with activity stations in conjunction with a family fitness challenge campaign.

Guilford County: The Eat Smart, Move More…NC "Eat Well, Be Well" project will implement the following Greensboro activities: Create a community garden in the Glenwood neighborhood; Establish "Fresh Fridays" garden market events at Maple Street every-other week; Enhance bi-weekly Parks and Recreation Greensboro Farmers' Curb Market events.

Henderson County: An employee wellness program can improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. This program will implement a variety of interventions to facilitate policy and environmental changes aimed at increasing physical activity, supporting breastfeeding, and improving nutrition among 269 Human Services employees.

Hertford County Public Health Authority in collaboration with the Hertford County Public School system will implement the Winner's Circle Healthy Dining Program in all schools in Hertford County. A total of 5 schools will participate in the program; three elementary schools, middle school and high school.

Iredell County: It is the intent of this Health Department to offer opportunities to local teens in their school and after-school environments to benefit from physical activity and nutrition policies and programs that encourage them to exercise regularly and eat healthfully.

Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department: A community of approximately sixty Creswell Middle and High School agricultural education students will increase their physical activity and develop improved nutritional habits for themselves and their families by creating, caring for and consuming the vegetable products from a community garden.

New Hanover County Health Department, PPD Inc, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington are partnering to implement the Winner's Circle Healthy Dining campaign. The agencies developed a multi-faceted approach toward implementation in diverse areas, including the UNCW campus, downtown Wilmington, and targeted restaurants in the county.

Orange County Health Department, in collaboration with multiple community partners, will train representatives from local churches to establish health teams at their churches. Teams will develop policies and programs to promote better nutrition and physical activity behaviors. They will be eligible for mini-grants of up to $500.00 to fund projects.

Eat Smart, Move More in Person: The Healthy Homework Program will encourage students and families to engage in healthy behaviors at home through homework assignments. Walking and Wagging in Person will use man's best friend to get people moving. Dog owners will be encouraged to participate in the walking program. Citizens who want to participate, but who do not have a dog of their own will be encouraged to volunteer at the local animal shelter and walk the dogs housed there.

Rockingham County Department of Public Health will sponsor Student Gardeners Eat Smart and Move More, an initiative to pilot four elementary school gardens in Rockingham County to produce healthy vegetables and increase physical activity among students, staff and families.

Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department: Pre-K, Kindergarten and 4th grade students in three elementary schools in Rutherford, Polk, and McDowell Counties will plant a garden and learn how to eat smart. They will also build a walking trail or climbing wall and start moving more in the classroom using the Take 10 and Energizers curriculums.

Wake County: This project will be a ½-mile concrete/asphalt loop-walking trail built in front of a community center and adjacent to a year round elementary school. Distance markers, a bench and a kiosk board displaying physical activity and nutrition information will be placed along the trail.

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