Health & Wellness Community Groups

January 14, 2020

Happy New Year! I'm happy to be writing the first wellness blog of 2020. To start the year off, I thought it would be helpful to share information about health and wellness groups/initiatives from around the state of North Carolina. Oftentimes, these groups can provide your department with great resources to advance health and wellness in your communities. 


Community & Clinical Connections for Prevention & Health Branch - NC Division of Public Health

The mission of The Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health is to work with partners to create physical activity and healthy eating opportunities, improve the quality and delivery of clinical services, and to connect patients and their health care providers to community prevention and management programs. This branch has a lot of great resources to improve cardiovascular health, diabetes prevention and control, and physical activity and nutrition. 


Eat Smart, Move More NC


Eat Smart, Move More NC (ESMMNC) is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play, and pray. ESMMNC is a membership-based organization, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team from around the state, all working towards a healthier North Carolina. I encourage you to take a look at their website for great resources and ideas. Additionally, if you are interested in joining the movement, you can sign up using this link


NC State Cooperative Extension 


The NC State Cooperative Extension transforms science into everyday solutions for North Carolinians through programs and partnerships focused on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development. The NCRPA Wellness Initiative has been a proponent of Cooperative Extension for years. Through learning more about cooperative extension, I realized how closely aligned parks and recreation and cooperative extension is. Both entities are tasked with finding innovative ways to improve community health and care deeply about the communities they serve. Cooperative extension services are located in every county in North Carolina. If you are interested in who the cooperative extension contact person in your county is, click this link to view a map.


NC Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville - Healthy Aging Initiative


The North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) works to impact policy, build capacity and ignite community initiatives by working through a web of cross-sector relationships organized around building healthier places throughout the state. For help with aging programs, NCCHW has a healthy aging initiative! Healthy Aging NC  provides resources, programming, training, and more. 


There are so many resources out there to help make our communities healthier places that this list barely scratches the surface. I hope that you find a way to utilize the great resources in your community!


Until next time,








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