NC Alliance for Health

Our Food Access Report is Available!

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For the past year, the NC Healthy Food Retail Task Force has explored barriers to accessing healthy food in retail and possible policy solutions to addressing those barriers. Check out “Support Food Access in North Carolina” to learn more about their eight key recommendations.

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Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Access in North Carolina

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NC Alliance for Health is pleased to share our report Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Access in North Carolina. This report was written in partnership with the Food Trust as part of our on-going effort to convene partners around access to healthy foods and advance equitable policies that increase access to healthy foods.

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2019 Tobacco Use Prevention Policy Priorities

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  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program Funding: Promote tobacco use prevention and cessation in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation program.
    • Secure CDC-recommended levels of recurring funding for evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs in North Carolina.
  • Secondhand Smoke: Promote evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
    • Protect existing smoke-free law which made restaurants and bars smoke-free on January 2, 2010.
    • Monitor opportunities to expand existing smoke-free and tobacco-free laws by promoting legislation to make all NC worksites and public places 100% tobacco-free.
  • Local Control: Support legislation that expands local control.
    • Support legislation that expands and protects local control, including supporting legislation that will allow communities and state and local universities to pass regulations to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
    • Support local efforts to implement evidence-based tobacco control policies.
  • Excise Tax: Support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax to at least the national average and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products, including e-cigarettes, to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes.
  • Tobacco 21: Monitor Tobacco 21 legislation and readiness.
  • Support and protect funding and evidence-based programs that align with other items on the policy agenda.

Promote: Actively advocate for

Support: Sign letters of support, forward action alerts

Monitor: Track and react to as necessary

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2019 NC General Assembly Session Convenes

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On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly convened, and members were sworn in for the 2019 legislative long session.

Six freshmen Republicans and seven freshmen Democrats were sworn into the Senate, which now includes 10 African-Americans, 10 women, two Indian-Americans, and 11 veterans. The freshmen Republicans are:

  • Sen. Bob Steinburg – Chowan
  • Sen. Jim Burgin – Harnett
  • Sen. Carl Ford – Rowan
  • Sen. Eddie Gallimore – Davidson
  • Sen. Todd Johnson – Union
  • Sen. Ted Alexander – Cleveland

The freshmen Democrats are:

  • Sen. Harper Peterson – New Hanover
  • Sen. Wiley Nickel – Wake
  • Sen. Sam Searcy – Wake
  • Sen. Kirk deViere – Cumberland
  • Sen. Michael Garrett – Guilford
  • Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed – Mecklenburg
  • Sen. Natasha Marcus – Mecklenburg

A full list of Senators can be found here.

The freshman class in the House has nine Republicans and 17 Democrats. The House now includes 26 African-Americans, 34 women, one American-Indian, and 24 veterans. The freshmen Republicans are:

  • Rep. Lisa Stone Barnes – Nash
  • Rep. Jerry Carter – Rockingham
  • Rep. Ed Goodwin – Chowan
  • Rep. Bobby Hanig – Currituck
  • Rep. Chris Humphrey – Lenoir
  • Rep. Steve Jarvis – Davidson
  • Rep. Keith Kidwell – Beaufort
  • Rep. Wayne Sasser – Cabarrus
  • Rep. Carson Smith – Pender

The freshman Democrats are:

  • Rep. Ray Russell – Watauga
  • Rep. Kandie Smith – Pitt
  • Rep. Raymond Smith – Wayne
  • Rep. Julie von Haefen – Wake
  • Rep. Sydney Batch – Wake
  • Rep. Christy Clark – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Ashton Dahle – Wake
  • Rep. Terence Everitt – Wake
  • Rep. James Gailliard – Nash
  • Rep. Jeff Collins – Nash
  • Rep. Wesley Harris – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Zack Hawkins – Durham
  • Rep. Rachel Hunt – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Brandon Lofton – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Carolyn Logan – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Nasif Majeed – Mecklenburg
  • Rep. Joe Sam Queen – Haywood

A full list of House members can be found here.

Tim Moore was reelected Speaker of the House and announced the following committee chair appointments. Other House committee appointments as well as Senate committee appointments will be announced in the near future.

Rules

  • Chair – Rep. David Lewis (R – Harnett)

Appropriations

  • Senior Chairs – Rep. Jason Saine (R – Lincoln), Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth), Rep. Linda Johnson (R – Cabarrus)
  • Chairs – Rep. Dean Arp (R – Union), Rep. Josh Dobson (R – Avery), Rep. Chuck McGrady (R – Henderson), Rep. John Faircloth (R – Guilford), Rep. William Brisson (R – Bladen)

Finance

  • Senior Chair – Rep. Julia Howard (R – Davie)
  • Chairs – Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R – Catawba), Rep. John Szoka (R – Cumberland)

The General has adjourned and will return January 30, at 12pm to begin legislative business.

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2019 Obesity Prevention Policy Priorities

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  • Healthy Food Financing: Promote the elimination of food deserts in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing, corner store initiatives, and other policies that improve access to healthy foods (including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins), including food and nutrition services and nutrition education.
  • Seek an appropriation of $1 million in recurring state funds to expand the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program that increases the amount of healthy food being offered in existing corner stores in low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Physical Activity and Physical Education: Promote the inclusion of PE in the state’s accountability system as a measure of school success and/or in the School Report Card. Promote policies that address standards-based curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability. Support opportunities to engage in promoting physical activity.
  • Water Access: Support efforts to ensure water is free, clean, safe, and accessible in school and childcare center settings.
  • Built Environments: Support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity and healthy eating through active transportation, complete streets, and Safe Routes to School policies, including multi-modal transportation infrastructure (e.g., mass transit, sidewalks, bike lanes), recreation opportunities (e.g., parks, trails greenways, shared and open use policies), food venues (e.g., grocery stores, farmers’ markets, community gardens), and the integration of healthy land use (“sustainable communities”).
  • Worksite Wellness: Support evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies that promote a healthy work environment for employees.
  • Early Care and Education: Support improvements to statewide standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, outdoor learning and play, physical activity, breastfeeding, and screen time. Support the creation of statewide designation or recognition to programs that meet best practices.
  • Out-of-School Time: Support funding to implement and monitor healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time programs.
  • School Foods: Support the implementation of policies that require all foods and beverages available in schools meet national nutrition guidelines and be fully-funded. Support policies identified to reduce exposure to marketing and advertising of unhealthy foods in schools. Support policies that expand farm-to-school and farm-to-childcare programs.
  • Support and protect funding for evidence-based and/or evidence-informed obesity prevention programs and infrastructure.

Promote: Actively advocate for

Support: Sign letters of support, forward action alerts

Monitor: Track and react to as necessary

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Looking forward to 2019

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Looking forward to next year, we’ve developed a robust set of policy priorities for 2019! Our members will vote on our policy priorities at our upcoming meeting, but they have been proposed by our committees as follows:

  • We will promote the elimination of food deserts in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing, corner store initiatives, and other policies that improve access to healthy foods (including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins), including food and nutrition services and nutrition education.
  • We will promote the inclusion of PE in the state’s accountability system as a measure of school success and/or in the School Report Card. We will promote policies that address standards-based curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability. We will support opportunities to engage in promoting physical activity.
  • We will promote tobacco use prevention and cessation in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation program.
  • We will promote evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol.
  • We will support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity and healthy eating through active transportation, complete streets, and Safe Routes to School policies,including multi-modal transportation infrastructure (e.g., mass transit,sidewalks, bike lanes), recreation opportunities (e.g., parks, trails, greenways, shared and open use policies), food venues (e.g., grocery stores,farmers’ markets, community gardens), and the integration of healthy land use(“sustainable communities”).
  • We will support improvements to statewide standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, outdoor learning and play, physical activity, breastfeeding, and screen time. We will support the creation of statewide designation or recognition to programs that meet best practices.
  • We will support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax to at least the national average and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products, including e-cigarettes, to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes.

Only NCAH members can vote on our policy priorities and shape the direction of our organization, so don’t miss the opportunity! Our members and partners are vital parts of NCAH’s continued success and we look forward to welcoming new members and deepening our work and relationships with long-time members in 2019. Make sure you 
renew your membership for 2019 prior to the January 9 membership meeting! 

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year!

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A look back at 2018: Our Organization

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We’ve had a big year! This year, NCAH:

  • Added Marianne Hedrick Weant to our staff as our Grassroots Coordinator. Marianne has called North Carolina home since 2008 and has an MSPH in community health and an MA in anthropology. She started her work in this area at Be Active NC, and spent almost 9 years at North Carolina PTA where she worked extensively on health and education issues impacting children, families, and schools. 
  • Increased membership by 50% and added new members to each of our work groups: Tobacco Use Prevention, Healthy Food Access, and Physical Education.

But we’re not done yet—check back next week to see our proposed policy priorities for 2019!

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year, and renew your membership for 2019!

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A look back at 2018: Food Access

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In 2018, NCAH:

  • Secured another $250,000 for the Healthy Food Small Retail Program (HFSRP). This brings total appropriations to $750,000 since 2016. The HFSRP is housed in the Department of Agriculture and provides store owners in food deserts with refrigeration and shelving so they can stock and sell fresh, health options.
  • Convened the NC Healthy Food Retail Task Force to develop policy recommendations to address lack of access to healthy food in North Carolina.

In spite of all of these successes, NC remains a state with high rates of hunger and food insecurity. The NC Healthy Food Retail Task Force is in the final stages of finalizing recommendations, which it will present to the NC General Assembly in early 2019. We will continue to work on making North Carolina a healthier and hunger-free state in 2018, and your membership and your voice makes a difference in supporting evidence-based policies that ensure every North Carolinian has enough healthy food.

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year, and renew your membership for 2019!

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A look back at 2018: Tobacco

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In 2018, NCAH:

  • Secured $250,000 for youth tobacco use prevention programs, in addition to $1 million in nonrecurring funds appropriated over the biennium in last year’s budget. This funding ensures there is a youth tobacco use prevention coordinator in each health director region and funds youth teens to lead youth-to-youth tobacco use prevention trainings.
  • Secured $250,000 in recurring funds for North Carolina’s cessation services in addition to the $500,000 in recurring funds appropriated in last year’s budget. This funding ensures those who want to quit smoking have access to resources to help them do so, and funds QuitlineNC and You Quit, Two Quit.
  • Secured $300,000 in recurring funds for the Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch (ALE) to enforce the youth access to tobacco law as well as language giving ALE the authority to do so. This funding allows ALE to conduct compliance checks, ensuring tobacco retailers are not selling to people under the age of 18.

Your membership and partnership helped achieve these goals—but there’s still work to do! E-cigarette use has increased astronomically in the last several years, and we plan to continue to work on reducing and eliminating tobacco use for a healthier North Carolina.

Make an end of year donation to help NCAH be prepared to continue this work in the new year, and renew your membership for 2019!

NC Alliance for HealthA look back at 2018: Tobacco
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