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Funded Counties 2007-2008

Below is a brief summary of each county's accomplishments during the grant period

To read the full report: Summary report of 2007-08 funded projects

Appalachian District Health Department: In Ashe County, organizers completed a new walking trail and installed playground equipment in Lansing, in addition to implementing a Families Eating Smart, Moving More Together program and contest. Parents attended information sessions about adding healthy activities and nutrition to family leisure time. Participants from 20 families submitted personal success stories to compete for one of two $500 prizes, which were awarded at a local festival.

Bladen County Health Department: Mission Possible: Eating Smart and Moving More Day Camp III was a collaborative approach to reducing rates of Type II Diabetes among at-risk youth. The week-long day camp enabled 43 parents, campers, and siblings to engage in physical activity and healthy eating workshops to learn about healthy eating at home and in restaurants.

Buncombe County Health Center: Asheville's Downtown on the Move initiative supporting worksite wellness among small, downtown businesses was one of the more innovative programs of 2008. Organizers developed walking trails and maps, hosted a kick-off event, provided three months of free wellness classes, started a produce-delivery component, and offered technical assistance to small businesses, one of which agreed to be a pilot project for the downtown model. Twenty businesses of less than 50 employees participated in the program.

Catawba County Public Health: Catawba County Schools implemented a series of curricula - SPARK, My Pyramid for Kids, and Sybershop - promoting physical activity and nutrition that reached 2,000 kids in 32 elementary, middle, and high schools. Local media spread the word about the new programs and supporting policies to create interest and keep the community informed.

Durham County Health Department: In Durham, community partners focused on establishing or reviving health committees in local churches, with an emphasis on skill-building and sustainability so that congregations will reap long-term benefits from current and future interventions. In addition, a health ministry network was established to promote wellness to local churches that were not a part of the project

Forsyth County Department of Public Health: Kimberly Park Elementary School expanded its Safe Routes to School Program by implementing Walking Wednesday Adventures, which focused on pedestrian skills and programmatic activities to increase physical activity and the number of students walking to school. The initiative included four training sessions for teachers and a variety of community outreach programs such as fitness nights, exercise equipment, raffles, a resurfaced tennis court, and a Walk to School event.

Granville-Vance Health District: The Vance County Working on Wellness (WoW!) Coalition joined forces with the Faith to Freedom Project to build a park/playground for 2-to-12 year old children in a low-income, predominately minority neighborhood in Southeast Henderson. Three partner churches adopted a policy to offer a health-related message at least one time per month via the pulpit, a bulletin, a newsletter, or other activity.

Halifax County Health Department: Halifax partners enhanced the county's wellness program for local government employees by constructing a walking trail and providing indoor physical fitness equipment. A kick-off event for the program offered health screenings, measurements, and risk assessments for all participants to allow individuals to track their health improvement progress. As a result, county employees saw a 26% reduction in insurance claims for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

Henderson County Department of Public Health: Henderson County's Next Top Role Model program encouraged the county's 1,800 public school employees to be healthy role models for students. The initiative established 13 walking routes on school campuses. It also offered health screenings, bi-weekly on-site health classes, wellness education sessions, and walking challenges for employees.

Iredell County Health Department: Twenty-nine child care providers in Iredell County implemented the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) to improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities. The initiative impacted 55 staff members and more than 430 children at seven child care centers and 22 home-based child care programs. Each facility adopted policy changes related to healthy eating and/or physical activity, thanks to the program's committed training and assessment components.

Jackson County Department of Public Health: In Jackson, 120 county employees participated in the Mountain Movers campaign, a program that provided health screenings and assessments, weight management classes, and financial incentives for individuals to increase their physical activity and healthy eating.

Macon County Public Health Center: Community partners in Macon used grant funds to create a 1.25 mile walking trail. After arrangements were made for the land, labor, and construction equipment, a kick-off event and media coverage were used to spread the word about the trail's opening. From start to finish, the project was completed in just six months.

Orange County Health Department: Community partners in Orange redistributed their grant funds as mini awards to local churches to support healthy behaviors in faith settings. Nine churches used the funds to create and implement Eat Smart and Move More programs that included policy changes, cooking and exercise classes, health screenings, walking challenges, and other activities.

Person County Health Department: The Bookworms Encouraged to Eat Smart and Move More in Person program established an Eat Smart, Move More section in the Person County Library. Grant funds purchased books, bookcoding supplies, and newspaper ads. From November 2007-May 2008, the books from the new section circulated 387 times.

Pitt County Health Department: In Pitt County, community partners used grant funds to extend a walking trail and organize a walking challenge. Within a few months of completion, the trail showed steady use throughout the week, and nearly 100 community members had enrolled in the challenge. This success positioned the county to receive a Fit Community Grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund to sustain and possibly expand the project.

Robeson County Health Department: The Robeson Enriching Academics for Children's Health (R.E.A.C.H.) program distributed twenty-two $500 mini grants to K-4th grade public school teachers. Recipients used the funds to incorporate physical activity and/or nutrition messages and materials into their curricula. As a result, all 22 teachers documented environmental and policy changes in their classrooms and 54% of students reported a better understanding of the importance of physical activity and nutrition.

Rowan County Health Department: Koontz Elementary School implemented a nutrition and physical activity program focused on improving school facilities. Playgrounds, walking trails, and safer playing fields were combined with new curricula and policies to support healthier eating and daily physical activity for 552 students.

Swain County Health Department: At Swain County Middle School, administrators launched a Healthy Homework campaign to tackle concerns over obesity. Fifty percent of the school's 440 students were overweight or at-risk of becoming overweight. The initial Healthy Homework promotional event filled the gym with music and information booths offering a variety of healthy activities. Throughout the six-month campaign, students engaged in healthy behavior assignments and benefited from interactions with personal coaches.

Wayne County Health Department: In Wayne, five African American churches implemented multi-faceted interventions to promote physical activity and nutrition. The interventions included motivational speakers; cooking, weight management, and health education classes; and improvements to church policies and practices to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating.

Wilkes County Health Department: Three middle schools - North, West, and Central - in Wilkes County offered Dance Dance Revolution to students. Dance Dance Revolution is a video game that promotes physical activity by prompting players to follow dance routines displayed on a TV screen. A sensored floor mat tracks players' footsteps, enabling the game to score their performances. In addition, all three middle schools implemented policy changes related to nutrition or physical activity.

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