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