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Faith Communities Inspire Good Health – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

More than six million North Carolinians are overweight or obese and are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Paying the medical costs of these conditions has increased the state’s budget by $2 billion.

These chronic diseases affect African Americans in North Carolina, especially in Wake County, at significantly higher rates than whites. African Americans also are more likely to be obese and less likely to eat healthy foods and exercise on a daily basis, according to data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys.

Learn how the North Carolina Division of Public Health partnered with Wake County Human Services, North Carolina’s Eat Smart, Move More, and faith-based communities to address obesity and other chronic diseases among African Americans in Wake County, NC.

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Organization Name: North Carolina Division of Public Health
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Eat Smart, Move More initiative

1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1915
United States
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 Objective(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to

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