Health departments receive funding for adolescent fitness programs

Posted June 29, 2010 6:31 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2010 7:42 p.m. EDT

— Twenty health departments have been awarded Eat Smart, Move More NC community grants, the North Carolina Division of Public Health announced Tuesday.

The counties chosen will share $300,000 in funding to implement programs to get and keep at-risk adolescents moving more and sitting less.

North Carolina ranks fourteen in the nation in overweight and obese adolescents.

“Despite advances in medicine, the current generation of children may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents,” State Health Director Jeff Engel said in a statement. “We are committed to doing everything we can to reverse that trend.”

Ashe, Beaufort, Buncombe, Clay, Cleveland, New Hanover, Orange, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties were selected for the 2010-2011cycle. The 2011-2012 cycle includes Currituck, Gates, Alleghany, Burke, Chatham, Gaston, Guilford, Henderson, Montgomery, Pitt and Sampson counties.

Implemented programs will range from engaging adolescents in fun after-school exercise plans and walking clubs, to building or refurbishing walking trails at or near schools.