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Eat Smart, Move More Community Grants Program

Funded Counties 2012-2013

In Navassa, NC, play structures and equipment will be added to a local park that currently has no infrastructure to encourage physical activity. Additionally, the town will adopt a Complete Streets Policy and revise its existing land use plan to include zoning ordinances that provide opportunities for corner stores that sell healthy foods, farmer's markets and community gardens.

Cabarrus County will implement project Produce and Praise. Through grant funds, community collaboration and in-kind resources, several African American churches will establish raised garden beds, adopt healthy eating and beverage policies and participate in educational workshops to increase knowledge around gardening, nutrition and policy change.

In Catawba county, the health department and partners will work to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables through the establishment of curb farmers markets in two local food deserts, one urban and one rural.

In Cleveland County, the health department will partner with Cleveland County schools and other local partners to establish school-church community partnerships to create and sustain community garden sites at Title 1 elementary schools. Another part of this project will involve enacting significant policy changes in Cleveland County Schools related to increasing joint use of school facilities and decreasing the practice of using food as an incentive for good behavior or academic performance.

In order to engage a low-resource community in Gastonia, NC and identify ways to increase opportunities for healthy living among residents, the Healthy Highland project will involve the formation of a Health Equity Council. The Health Equity Council will gain skills in community organizing as well as become experts on health topics. The Health Equity Council may serve the community by, for example, informing community organizations and the health department of appropriate locations for community gardens, encouraging residents to use newly designed walking routes, and creating a Minority Health Conference for members of the Highland community and other Gaston County residents to educate the greater public about health disparities and prevention programs.

In Henderson County, grant funds will be used to revitalize a low-resource district of Hendersonville, NC. The project will seek to expand opportunities for healthy living among residents by constructing a walkway linking a park to the local greenway, expanding and enhancing a community garden project and expanding a farmers' market from a "special event" held once a year to a seasonal market held monthly during the summer.

In Jackson County, the Cullowhee Community Garden will be developed on county-owned land that also serves as the trailhead for the Jackson County Greenway project. The Cullowhee Community Garden project will provide tools, materials and assistance to community members so that they can grow produce without the use of synthetic fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. Half of the produce grown on garden plots will be donated to a local soup kitchen, The Community Table of Sylva, NC.

In Orange County, the health department will partner with Orange County Cooperative Extension, a neighborhood community watch group, a local church and Orange County Habitat for Humanity to revitalize a community garden in a low-resource community in Hillsborough, NC.

In Rowan County, opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity will be increased in a low-resource community by the construction of a community garden, new play structures for children and a sidewalk that will allow community residents to safely reach the park and garden near their homes.

Toe River District - Yancey County
The Yancey County Health Department will partner with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yancey County Schools and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to increase the supply of locally grown produce in Yancey County middle schools and afterschool programs. This project will facilitate GAP certification of local farmers so that they can sell produce to Yancey County schools, which will involve significant policy change in the food buying practices for the schools. This project will help increase the ability of farmers to build a viable business, while simultaneously educating middle school youth, their families and school staff about the benefits of eating fresh foods.

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