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Mecklenburg Is A "Fit Community"
Fit Together has chosen Mecklenburg County as a "Fit Community." The designation recognizes N.C. communities that promote healthy lifestyles.
June 13, 2007

Fit Together has chosen Mecklenburg County as a "Fit Community." The designation recognizes North Carolina communities that have excelled in promoting healthier lifestyles among their residents.

Fit Together has chosen Mecklenburg County as a "Fit Community." The designation recognizes North Carolina communities that have excelled in promoting healthier lifestyles among their residents.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department, along with the Charlotte Department of Transportation, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and many other valuable partners provided information for the application. The Fit City Challenge Program, online at www.fitcitychallenge.org , promotes increased physical activity and healthy eating.

Five North Carolina municipalities and two counties were awarded the Fit Community designation. In addition to Mecklenburg County, the cities of Salisbury and Shelby, the towns of Carrboro, Cary and Edenton, and Pitt County were recognized for supporting healthy eating, physical activity and promoting tobacco-free living through policy and community infrastructure.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dumont Clarke accepted the honor at the Fit Community Awards luncheon in Raleigh on June 7. Fit City Challenge Director Dianne Thomas had submitted the application on behalf of the citizens of Mecklenburg County.

Mecklenburg County will receive highway signs for entrances to the community, a Fit Community plaque, recognition on the Fit Together Web site, www.FitTogetherNC.org , and use of the Fit Community designation logo for all communications.

Obesity has emerged as a major threat to children and adults across the United States, and especially here in North Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 61 percent of North Carolina adults are overweight or obese, and 25 percent reported no exercise in the prior 30 days.

Fit Together is a statewide initiative funded North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to combat obesity.




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