The N.C. Statewide Health Promotion Program, led by the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health supports community-based programs that improve the health of North Carolinians by reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases. Funds are distributed through this program to the programs developed by Jones County Health Department (JCHD) to enable JCHD to work with community partners in creating policy changes and environmental supports addressing at least one of the three major chronic disease risk factors – physical inactivity, poor diet, and tobacco use.
Poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use are behaviors contributing to the leading preventable causes of death in North Carolina and are known risk factors for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Efforts to address health behavior change in individuals or populations must include environmental changes to address these behaviors
The North Carolina General Assembly created the N.C. Statewide Health Promotion Program in 1987. Recognized as the first in the nation, the program sustains ongoing, comprehensive health promotion efforts right here in Jones County.
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The Public Health Educator for Jones County has access to information on various topics and is available to answer your questions. Please contact our Health Educator with any requests for health education materials at 252-448-9111 ext. 3017.