The North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness (NCCHW) is a state hub for the coordination and promotion of healthy living initiatives that contribute to the prevention of disease among all North Carolinians. NCCHW connects like-minded health and wellness providers, develops tools for assessing and verifying program outcomes, and fosters opportunities for applied research collaborations among university faculty and student researchers and community-based organizations.
Current goals focus on the promotion of healthy weight for children, youth and young adults, the facilitation of healthy aging, and worksite wellness.
Healthy Weight for Children, Youth and Young Adults
The North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness coordinates with its partners to share research and facilitate training that can be replicated throughout North Carolina. Their work helps to increase the efficiency and reach of childhood health and wellness activities statewide and contribute to the successful implementation of health and wellness policies that can generate measureable change in children, youth and young adults.
Research has proven that staying physically active and eating well can vastly improve our quality of life as we get older. The NCCHW works with partner organizations, such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), to develop policy and practices that will support healthy aging throughout North Carolina. Research programs center on issues such as food access, maintaining good balance, health policy and the environment.
With hypertension and weight management being primary concerns within North Carolina's workforce, the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness works with business leaders and employers to encourage physical activity, access to healthy foods and tobacco avoidance in the workplace. NCCHW identifies model programs and practices that can be replicated in businesses throughout the state.
The N.C. Department of Commerce ranks all 100 North Carolina counties based on economic well-being and assigns a Tier designation. Factors in determining rank include poverty rates, median household incomes and assessed property values among others. The Department then designates the 40 most distressed counties as Tier 1. The NCCHW will work on at least one initiative or project from each area of focus in Tier 1 counties.