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"Its not enough to just educate and tell people to exercise and move more."

The Obesity Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention Grant is in its final year.  We have a new strategy this year to especially focus on supporting more walkable communities in our region. We will be putting feet to the guide that you see to the left.   It is a great first step in planning for a healthier, more walkable community. The guide explains why wayfinding is an important part of creating walkable communities, demonstrates how wayfinding can be a powerful way to impact the health of the people in a community and provides ten steps to developing a wayfinding system. Please stay tuned as we will be rolling out and reaching out to you more about this in the next month. 
Participants ready to Know It to Control It
Know It Control It

Elisabeth Wright  and partners have been busy working in starting this program in our region.  There are three different Senior sites in R obeson  and one Bladen  County holding Know It  Control It Programs. 
If you would like to help facilitate and host the  Know It Control It program in your county please reach out to: 
Central Plaza Market in Wallace_ NC now promoting Healthier Options
North Carolina Healthy Food Retail 
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We would like to give a big SHOUT OUT to Duplin County Health Educator Rigoberto Castellanos for being a POWER partner in the Healthy Corner Store work.  Rigo has been instrumental in reaching out to stores with his pride and passion for public health in his county.  Rigo grew up in Duplin County and he has fond memories of shopping at one of the three Hispanic Stores that we have begun to work with.    

"I remember when me and mom went shopping for groceries mom would always stop at El Mariachi Gordo first because of knowing that fresh quality vegetables for soups and fresh fruit for him to take to school were available."  -Rigo

Travis and Rigo over the past few months have been partnering with three Hispanic Stores to promote and make available healthy options with  t he big goal of having them reach the full designation.  Thanks to Rigobertos determination and relationships El Mariachi Gordo in Warsaw now has reached full designation for the NC Healthy Food Retail Designation program.
Members of Mt. Zion AME Zion Church recently completed the Families Eating Smart and Moving More_ program. Photo Credit:Chase Jordan

Faithful Families on the Move!
 Lethia Lee, an EFNEP Agent with Sampson County Cooperative Extension did it again! 
" Thanks to the "Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More" program, a lot of people in his congregation at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church are making better decisions. Check out the full article  here at the Sampson Independent

If you would like to partner with us on offering the Faithful Families Program give Travis Greer a call: 910-842-7315  or email:

Lights Camera Action at St. Matthews AME Zion Maxton, NC
Thanks to St. Matthews AME Zion Church Health Ministry for participating a being filmed for a national training video for the Faithful Families Eating Smart Move More Program. Fingers crossed for St. Matthews AME Zion Church: they are a nominee for a 2017 Regional Community Heatlh Awards  in the Faith Based Category.
The Holiday Challenge runs from November 13 through December 31
Its the.."Most wonderful time of the year"

As an individual, worksite, or faith community you will not want to miss out on this. I thoroughly enjoyed this practical and empowering challenge. This challenge is very versatile to use in your worksite or faith community.  There is even a  Worksite Guide  for employers.   G ive yourself an early Holiday gift right now by signing up with the button below or learn more by clicking the logo to the left. 
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Move More, Walk Now NC

On September 20, more than 240 attendees participated in the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Workshop featuring physical activity and planning consultant Mark Fenton. The workshop was designed to promote walkable communities and physical activity. Attendees participated in neighborhood walkability audits and learned to identify features that encourage walking, biking and wheeling.
If you are interested in partnering with our grant and the regional Active Routes to School grant in conducting a Walk Audit in your area please call: 910-842-7315  or email:
Worthy Webinars and Training's
Know It Control It
Managing Hypertension: Know It, Control It
Thursday, November 9th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Presented by:  Sanga Krupakar, MBBS, MSPH
Hypertension Coordinator
Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch  NC Division of Public Health  

Type 2 Diabetes: A New Paradigm of Care

 Please plan to join us for the next NCLC webinar on Type 2 Diabetes: A New Paradigm of Care on November 14 from noon-12:30 and share the attached flyer widely with your networks to promote it. It's going to be great and we want lots of folks to tune in.

Faithful Families Training

December 5 from 9am-3pm

 512 Brickhaven Drive Raleigh, NC

This training is for FCS Agents, health department staff, and Steps to Health SNAP-Ed educators.  If you need a refresher on the Faithful Families program, or would like to attend a training in person, please register to attend.

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