Dear NCAH Members and Partners,
As we begin 2016, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the progress made last year on tobacco use prevention and obesity prevention policy in North Carolina. In 2015, NCAH, along with our members and partners, saw the passage of HB 250, The Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act, by the NC House and the introduction of bi-partisan legislation to restore North Carolina’s tobacco use prevention program funding.
While these are great successes, there are many challenges facing our state moving forward, and we would appreciate your support to continue our policy change in 2016!
North Carolina continues to grapple with high rates of childhood obesity, with 31.4% of North Carolina children ages 10 – 17 considered overweight or obese. Over the last three years, the North Carolina General Assembly cut tobacco prevention and cessation programs by 93%. The complete elimination of all funding for youth tobacco use prevention programs is a huge disappointment and leaves our state vulnerable to seeing youth smoking rates rise after years of decline.
It is clear that we cannot stop our lifesaving work, and with your help we won’t have to. In 2016, NCAH will continue to seek passage of HB 250 and implementation of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, restore funding for North Carolina’s tobacco use prevention programs, and strengthen our partnerships.
We hope that you will continue to the NC Alliance for Health and our priorities in 2016, hope that you consider making a donation to aid our efforts. Thank you for your support of NCAH in 2015, and we look forward to working with you in 2016!