Obesity Prevention

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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Have you seen our maps?

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New Food Access Maps Released

NCAH has released new healthy food access maps. These maps overlay supermarket locations and sales, household income, and diet-related deaths to paint a picture of food access in North Carolina. The picture isn’t pretty:

  • 23% of North Carolina’s total population live in areas where residents experience both a lack of access to supermarkets and healthy food and have high death rates from diet-related disease. This means more than 2 million residents, including almost 500,000 children under 15, don’t have access to the food they need to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • There are large swaths of the state where residents are suffering with diet-related disease and can’t easily access a venue to purchase healthy foods. In addition to the cites, we see large areas in need in many rural areas.
  • Neighborhoods with greater than average supermarket sales relative to total population could indicate more people are buying groceries in these communities than the number of people who live there. This could mean people are traveling from outside the area to shop there.
  • There are few or no supermarkets in areas that are low income and also have low sales. Since income is lower in these areas, people living there are less able to afford to travel to the areas where supermarkets are concentrated.

There is no doubt that our state is in dire need of programs to eliminate food insecurity. The good news is that programs like the Healthy Corner Store Initiative are addressing food access and insecurity in our state. NCAH hopes that the Healthy Corner Store Initiative will receive additional funding this year to continue this important work.

To view and download this map and the other food access maps click here.

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Join us for these upcoming Obesity Prevention Committee meetings!

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Please join us for these upcoming meetings!

NCAH Obesity Campaign Strategy Meetings
Please join us tomorrow, Friday, January 20, for our physical education and Healthy Food Small Retailer Program campaign strategy meetings. Both meetings will be held at the American Heart Association.

  • Physical Education – 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Healthy Food Small Retailer Program – 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Please bring lunch. We hope to see you there!

2017 NCAH Obesity Prevention Committee Meetings
The Obesity Prevention Committee will meet every other month this year beginning in February. Unless otherwise noted these meetings will take place on the fourth Monday of the month from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Locations will be announced prior to each meeting.

  • *February 13
  • April 24
  • June 26
  • August 28
  • October 23
  • *December 18

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional information!

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Healthy Food for Healthy Children

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Healthy Food for Healthy Children
By Morgan Wittman Gramann, Managing Director, NC Alliance for Health

North Carolina is in the midst of a childhood health crisis. Children across the state are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and other chronic diseases because they lack access to healthy, nutritious food. Families want to be healthy, but too many simply have nowhere to buy affordable lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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Reminder: Obesity Committee Meeting

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Reminder: Obesity Prevention Committee Meeting
Monday, January 11; 1:30pm – 3:30pm
American Heart Association

NCAH’s Obesity Prevention Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, January 11, at the American Heart Association from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

This meeting will include an update on NCAH activities following the last NCAH Obesity Prevention Committee meeting on August 31, and will focus on our healthy food access work. This meeting will also include an update on the activities proposed in NCAH’s year 3 grant application to Voices for Health Kids.

In addition, we hope to discuss and vote on NCAH’s 2016 obesity priorities.

We hope you can make it!
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Don’t forget! NCAH Obesity Committee Meeting

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Reminder: Obesity Prevention Committee Meeting
Monday, January 11; 1:30pm – 3:30pm
American Heart Association

This meeting will include an update on NCAH activities following the last NCAH Obesity Prevention Committee meeting on August 31, with a focus on NCAH’s healthy food access work, as well as an updated on the activities proposed in NCAH’s year 3 grant application to Voices for Health Kids.In addition, we hope to discuss and vote on NCAH’s 2016 obesity priorities.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Morgan Wittman Gramann by December 18.

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Legislative Update – Budget Conferees Announced

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House and Senate Announce Budget Conference Committee Members
Urge your Members to Support Including HB 250,
the Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act with full funding in the final budget!

The North Carolina House and Senate have both passed a budget bills to fund state government for fiscal year 2015-17 (HB 97). However, since the budget bills passed by each chamber contain a large number of differences, the next step is for the House and Senate to convene a conference committee.

Last week, state legislators returned from a week-long vacation to begin negotiating an agreement on the state budget. Last Tuesday, Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), named 82 of the 120 members of the House to the conference committee (including 19 Democrats) that will negotiate the final budget. Last Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem. Phil Berger (R-Edenton) appointed 32 conferees from the Senate out of the 50 members of the Senate.

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Legislative Update – House Appropriations Committee Passes HB 250

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HB 250 On The Move!
Keep The Messages Coming!

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee approved HB 250! A big thank you to all of the NC Alliance for Health members and partners who made calls, sent emails or contributed to social media posts in support of HB 250! Most importantly, thanks to HB 250 sponsors, Rep. Yvonne Holley (D-Wake), Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth), Rep. Chris Whitmire (R Transylvania) and Sen. Don Davis for their supportive comments at the hearing.Of particular note for NCAH members and partners, the recently released NCAH video about the success of three corner stores from across the state was played at the hearing! The video can be accessed here.

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Video – North Carolina Healthy Corner Stores

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This video features the stories of three store owners in North Carolina who participated in a pilot program to stock and sell healthy and local produce in their neighborhoods. It shows how the program has benefited the store owners, local farmers, and their communities. With more widespread funding to implement the Healthy Corner Store Initiative across the state, store owners would be able to stock and sell more nutrient-dense food.

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