Health Team

'A Healthier NC' challenges 1 million people to lose 10 million pounds

Posted April 18, 2013

— "A Healthier NC," a new state wellness initiative, is challenging 1 million North Carolinians to exercise 15 million hours and lose 10 million pounds, or 10 pounds per person.

State leaders announced the campaign Thursday and unveiled a website,, where residents can sign up for free to start tracking their progress.

Those who register will get a personal online health journal that will allow them to:

  • Track physical activity and weight loss
  • Journal food and caloric intake
  • Calculate body mass index
  • Monitor other personal health characteristics

The site also allows people to form or join in groups, such as businesses, schools, churches and community groups. Users can share their progress with an accountability partner, such as a health care professional, co-worker or friend. They will also receive extensive resources on nutrition, meal-planning, exercise and health care access options, plus details on upcoming exercise- and health-related events around the state.

The campaign has four goals:

  1. Educate people about what healthy means
  2. Encourage people to understand their personal responsibility in being healthy
  3. Promote a greater understanding of what smart access to health care is
  4. Issue a challenge to North Carolinians to become healthier

State leaders launch 'Healthy NC' campaign 'A Healthier NC' campaign kicks off

"Not everyone will choose to live a healthier life, but every North Carolinian should have the opportunity to live a healthier life," said state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. "This is important for this economy."

More than 40 percent of students in North Carolina's 2,500 public schools are overweight or obese, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson.

"We know that fit and healthy children learn better," she said. "We must continue to focus on the health of our children."

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos said in a statement that the campaign's goal "is to create a healthier North Carolina by empowering citizens."


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  • st5937 Apr 25, 2013


  • wantmy2dollars Apr 22, 2013

    This is not a government program. It is an educational program started by a private organization (NCSPIN) and funded by private organizations who understand that uncontrolled health care costs caused in part by poor health are going to bankrupt us. No I do not work for any of them. You can read the web page for more information.

    As an aside, there are public benefits to having some programs funded by citizens/government even those not directly using the program. We are better off if we base our individual support on the merits of the program not who sponsors it.

  • JustAName Apr 22, 2013

    "I haven't asked anyone to be my parent, nor has anyone else. " -

    If you are using this "free" site from the state, then you did ask me to pay for it with my tax dollars. And you are asking for the state to help you do something that should be able to figure out by yourself.

  • angelienna Apr 22, 2013

    lizzz38 - there are TONS of free apps out there., map my walk, map my run, c25k - all free apps that encourage and help log your exercise as well as eating in some instances. If you have access to a computer which everyone does even if it is through a local library, then you have all the information in the world at your fingertips.

  • lizzz38 Apr 19, 2013

    JustAName- Are you going to pay for me to join a gym or buy an app? I can't afford it, but I can afford to make healthy choices and find a way to educate myself about the nutrition content of food and the value of exercise. I haven't asked anyone to be my parent, nor has anyone else. I'm so glad that you feel you are above the need for this, but not all of us have attained your status.

  • JustAName Apr 19, 2013

    "The tools are there for the people of NC who are interested in making a positive step towards a healthier lifestyle" - lizzz38

    Then join a gym, use another free on-line tool, buy an app. But don't use tax payer dollars to poorly motivate people who can't motivate themselves.


  • really02 Apr 18, 2013

    "What are you going to pay me?"

    You will get paid in motivation, in self-esteem, and save money on healthcare costs!
    Click to view my profile carrboroyouth
    April 18, 2013 12:02 p.m.
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    the government will pay for that..

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 18, 2013

    It's not how much you eat, it's *what* you eat. Don't let your tongue control you and make you fat.

  • SouthernPackerFan Apr 18, 2013

    Hey, I'm in shape.......Round is a shape :)

  • Da Toy Maker Apr 18, 2013

    Don't know yall. The health care plan my family is on give us 20% discount on our premium for being health. The draw back: We have annual health check to make sure we all meet/excess the target.