The Appalachian District of North Carolina is tackling obesity in three rural counties in western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga, with a total population of 89,515. Approximately 64% of the residents in western North Carolina counties are overweight or obese, supporting North Carolina being ranked 14th in the nation for adult obesity. The Appalachian District is working on: Through this grant the Appalachian District is:
• Improving children’s health by working with schools, after-school programs, and childcare centers to create policies and practices that ensure children have healthy foods and time for physical activity.
• Teaching children about food through school and community gardens.
• Bringing fresh, local food to people in the communities by opening a farmers’ market in Sparta; enhancing farmers’ markets in Boone and West Jefferson; and connecting local farmers with schools, restaurants, etc. who will buy and serve their produce.
• Aiding a local homeless shelter in improving residents’ health through health policies, a bike loaner program, a garden, and a dedicated recreation space.
• Creating safe places for physical activity by establishing joint-use policies to open schools and community facilities for physical activity and working with local governments to create more places for safe walking and biking.
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