This website will provide information and resources to help you and your family:
- Eat fruits & vegetables, whole grains, & fat-free or low-fat milk products every day
- Be physically active every day as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Balance caloric intake from food and beverages with calories expended
According to the NC Prevention Partners 2015 NC Prevention Report Card, two out of every three NC adults (66%) and over a quarter (almost 28%) of NC high school students are overweight or obese. Obesity is a leading risk factor for other chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke as well as some cancers.
The 2015 NC Prevention Report Card also shows unhealthy behaviors (namely smoking, poor diet, and lack of physical activity) combine with challenging economic factors (poverty, lack of insurance, and unemployment) put North Carolina behind the national curve on life expectancy and chronic disease. Only about 12.3% of North Carolina adults consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and less than half of adult North Carolinians get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
Tables taken from NC Prevention Partners 2015 NC Prevention Report Card
How can YOU help change these alarming trends?
The Poe Center can help get you and your family on the right track… the healthy track.