Poe’s Nutrition & Physical Activity Campaign

Poe’s Nutrition & Physical Activity Campaign

Did you know?  According to the CDC:

More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

More than two-thirds of adults in North Carolina are overweight or obese.

An estimated 30% of children ages 10 to 17 in North Carolina are overweight or obese.

Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity cost NC an estimated $54 billion annually in avoidable medical expenses, workers compensation claims, and lost productivity.

As a proud recipient of the SNAP-Ed grant, the Poe Center is able to provide intensive nutrition and physical activity programming to many low-income populations in North Carolina.





The Poe Center is addressing these issues by providing education directly in many of North Carolina’s counties with the greatest needs. Our goal is to increase individuals’ knowledge of their own health behaviors and create a better understanding of what constitutes health promoting versus health damaging choices.

Through a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Poe Center is providing high-quality education to prepare young people and their families (mothers in particular, given their key roles in the shopping for and preparation of a large number of their families’ meals) to make healthy food choices within a myplate_green limited budget and to choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. As a statewide organization, it is critical that our programs and services be delivered to those areas of greatest need.  The Poe Center’s SNAP-Ed programs target SNAP and WIC recipients, county and regional DSS offices that see SNAP clients and families, children receiving free or reduced-price school meals and their families, particularly mothers.

Using a social-ecological model, the Poe Center staff are reaching out to the counties with the greatest need by providing direct and indirect education to influence individuals through knowledge and skills, through their environment, and through areas of influence.

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During 2014-2015, Poe Center staff used a variety of strategies in eight focus counties.

–   Bladen County
–   Columbus County
–   Halifax County
–   Johnston County
–   Sampson County
–   Vance County
–   Eastern Wake County
–   Warren County

County Policy Groups

Social Media Campaign

2017-2018 Nutrition & Physical Activity Classroom Calendar

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