Thursday, October 28, 2010

NC Launches New Initiative

As we mentioned, October is National Childhoood Obesity Awareness Month. And just before October ends, North Carolina announced a huge deal: a $3 million dollar initiative to fight childhood obesity in our own state. Which is good news since North Carolina ranks 5th overall in childhood obesity rate in the country. We need help!

The program is being called "Shape NC: Healthy Starts for Young Children"and will focus on young children from birth through age 5.

You can read more about this by clicking here. Right now this money is primarily slated to go into programs already in existence, but that could change. You will see this money funneled into your community through programs such as :
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care (NAPSACC) developed by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,
  • Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) developed by North Carolina State University’s Natural Learning Initiative, and
  • Be Active Kids®, a signature program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation focused on early childhood physical activity
MiCHill just wants to take a moment to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. for partnering together and bringing this great investment into our nation's best resource.


At October 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Jen A. said...

We couldn't agree more with your thought that we need help to fight childhood obesity in our state. Thanks for covering this news and serving as an advocate for this cause!

Jen A.

At October 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM , Blogger chapelhillmom said...

Thank you for the wonderful initiative!


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