Pitt County, North Carolina, is tackling obesity throughout the community, which is home to 168,148 residents. Overall, 62.2% of adults in Pitt County are overweight or obese, and more than one in three children in Pitt County is overweight or obese. Pitt County is working on:
Through this grant Pitt County is:
• Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables communities by creating a new bus route to the Pitt County farmers’ market; adding new outlets for fresh produce such as mobile farmers’ markets; and ensuring that corner stores have healthier items, especially in low-income neighborhoods.
• Creating a healthy workforce by supporting the Pitt County School District in developing a school staff wellness policy; ensuring that worksites offer supports (policies and places) for breastfeeding; and promoting worksite wellness through the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
• Improving children’s health by employing physical activity standards in after-school programs and creating safe routes to school.
• Creating places for physical activity and healthy eating through local governments policies supporting active transportation, including walking and biking, and community gardens and healthy corner stores.
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