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.
We are pleased to announce that Ivy Ferrell has joined the NCAH team as the Grassroots Coordinator. After taking a few classes in public policy in college, Ivy was determined to engage herself in the political process. She has been passionate about community issues and grassroots campaigns since her start as a grassroots canvasser in the 2012 presidential election. Since then she has transitioned into the nonprofit sector, working for various environmental campaigns such as Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and Defend Our Future Action. She has been honored by the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society in 2015 for performing at the top of her class while still advocating in the community. Ivy earned her BA in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.
NC Alliance for Health and Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) Host Advocacy Day at the NC General Assembly With Focus on Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Physical Education and Teen Tobacco Use Prevention
On Wednesday, March 8, more than 80 high school students gathered at the NC General Assembly to talk about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, physical education, and teen tobacco use prevention, which are NCAH’s primary priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Advocates spoke with their legislators, delivered resolutions of thanks to supporters of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, and met with Lt. Governor Dan Forest. Click here to see pictures from Advocacy Day.
One of the highlights of the day was the press conference to introduce HB 276, Strengthen Use Tobacco Use Prevention/Funds. Primary sponsors of this bill include Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth), Rep. Gale Adcock (D – Wake), Rep. Josh Dobson (R – Avery, McDowell, Mitchell), and Rep. Sam Watford (R – Davidson). The bill allocates $17 million to restore North Carolina’s statewide teen tobacco use prevention programs. These award-winning programs helped significantly decreased teen tobacco use in North Carolina. Unfortunately, funding was reduced starting in the 2011-2012 biennium and there is currently no state funding for tobacco use prevention programs.
Co-sponsors of HB 276 include Reps. Chaz Beasley; Mary Belk; Beverly Boswell; Cecil Brockman; Becky Carney; Jean Farmer-Butterfield; Susan Fisher; Elmer Floyd; Edwards Hanes, Jr.; Pricey Harrison; Yvonne Lewis Holley; Howard Hunter, III; Verla Insko; Marvin Lucas; Grier Martin; Gregory Murphy, MD; Amos Quick, III; Bobbie Richardson; Stephen Ross; Bob Steinburg; Evelyn Terry; Brian Turner; and Michael Wray.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
For the first time in a few years we have a chance to reinstate teen tobacco use prevention programs in NC, but we won’t be successful without you.
Join us on Wednesday, March 8 at 16 West Jones Street to talk to your legislators about physical education, healthy food access, and teen tobacco use prevention. Registration and a mini training will start at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided.
Register today! Registration is open to all NCAH members, partners, and friends. Please register by Monday, February 27.
Attendees will set their own meetings. To set a meeting follow these steps:
1. Determine who your senator and representative are.
2. Call their office. Tell them you are a constituent and would like to talk about physical education, healthy food access, and tobacco use prevention on Wednesday, March 8.
4. Let us know that you have set your meeting.
Tell Congress not to repeal the
Prevention and Public Health Fund!
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and North Carolina could lose
at least $85,917,320 to counter public health crises over the next 5 years;
$17,183,464 in annual prevention fund grants; and
$5,704,727 that goes directly to chronic disease prevention including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke prevention and tobacco cessation programs.
The funding provided by the PPHF to prevent chronic disease is critical to address the major health crises in our state and provides basic infrastructure that is essential for public health services. Because the state does not provide funding for many of these services the PPHF is particularly important for the sustainability of North Carolina prevention programs.
The PPHF provides funding for tobacco cessation and obesity prevention efforts in our state, including programs and positions on which NCAH relies to effectively achieve our mission. Eliminating the PPHF would wreak havoc on our efforts to reduce chronic disease rates in North Carolina.
“If the Prevention Fund is eliminated, the impact will be felt at the local, state, and federal levels as public health organizations respond to several major health crises that are on the rise…30.1 percent of adults in North Carolina are obese and 16.1 percent of children are overweight or obese,” according to the Trust for America’s Health. Further, e-cigarette use among North Carolina high school students rose 888% between 2011 and 2015.
NCAH Tobacco Campaign Strategy Meeting
Please join us this coming Monday, January 23, for the NCAH tobacco campaign strategy meeting. This meeting will take place from 9:30am to 11:30am at the American Heart Association.
We hope you can make it!
2017 NCAH Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Meetings
The Tobacco Use Prevention Committee will meet every other month this year. The Campaign Strategy Meeting will serve as the January meeting. Unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place on the third Monday of the month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Locations will be announced prior to each meeting.
*January 23 – 9:30am to 11:30am – American Heart Association
Please mark your calendar. We hope you will join us!
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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.
Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional information!
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Our New Look
NCAH has a new logo! Tell us what you think! While our look is different, our vision remains the same: that all North Carolinians will live healthier lives, protected by strong health policies. We will continue to convene and mobilize partners to advance equitable health policies that promote wellness and prevent obesity and tobacco use and we hope you will join us.
NCAH and Youth Empowered Solutions are partnering to hold an advocacy day at the General Assembly! Join us Wednesday, March 8, to tell your lawmaker how important physical education, access to healthy food, and tobacco use prevention and cessation are. Please hold this date and stay tuned for more information.
We will be sending more information in the coming weeks about becoming a member of NCAH. In the meantime, please plan to join us for these upcoming campaign strategy meetings:
Physical Education – Friday, January 20 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Healthy Food Small Retailer Program – Friday, January 20 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Tobacco Use Prevention – Monday, January 23 – 9:30am to 11:30am