LIVE IT UP NC…..TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH!
LIVE IT NC is the banner of a 9 county initiative in Southeastern North Carolina, whose mission is to bring partners, stakeholders, and communities together by helping people find ways to live healthier by supporting healthier environments where we live, work, pray and play.
Have you ever heard that you need to “know your numbers,” which refers to key markers of health like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference? Although Health Care Providers check most of these at annual check-ups, it’s important to know and understand your numbers and what they mean for you and your health. By keeping those numbers within a healthy range, you can greatly improve your overall health and reduce your risk for chronic diseases including Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke.
Knowing about community resources to help you make and maintain lifestyle change is crucial to long term success. Know It, is all about becoming aware of your health status, and opportunities to connect Health Care Providers and Patients to community and clinical resources to Know It, Prevent It & Live It so our community can Live a Healthier life….
Chronic diseases—such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. The burden of chronic disease is greater in rural areas like Southeastern North Carolina, among those with low socio-economic status and among racial and ethnic minorities. Collaborative action planning to Protect It and prevent the onset of chronic disease is critical to reducing death and disability due to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Protect It is all about supporting strategies to build support for lifestyle change to protect and improve community health. Individuals are more likely to be healthy when their communities support healthy behaviors and the local health care systems link them to community health resources.
Did You Know That
Every day in North Carolina, approximately 144 residents die as a result of a chronic disease and over half may be due to preventable causes.
An estimated 2.5 million (1 in 3) North Carolinians may have pre-diabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% – 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in North Carolina.
An estimated 750,000 (1 in 10) North Carolina adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.
An additional 280,000 North Carolina residents may have diabetes and not know it.
The Live It NC initiative strives to help our communities find ways to Move It into healthier lifestyles by increasing opportunities to get physically active and increase access to healthy, nutrition foods through a few different settings:
1. Worksites 2. Churches(Communities of Faith) 3. Small Food Retail Stores(Cornerstores, Mini-Marts, General Stores)
Move It, is all about supporting environmental strategies to promote health and reinforce healthful behaviors where we live, work, pray, and play. Our lifestyle and health are greatly influenced by our environments. We spend over one–third of our waking hours at work… so shouldn’t our work place foster healthy lifestyles and create a culture of health? A persons’ faith and health are like peas and carrots so should place of worship foster health lifestyles as well. Not everyone has easy access to a supermarket or grocery store to purchase healthy food options. Smaller convenience stores tend to be located in areas that have less access to grocery stores, making them great places to increase healthy and local products
Did You Know That
Physical activity can improve health. People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can also help with weight control, and may improve academic achievement in students.
North Carolina has more than 349 food deserts across 80 counties, impacting 1.5 million North Carolinians.
Is your organization, community, worksite, school, or faith community doing something wonderful to promote healthier lifestyles? Have you or are you leading others to live healthier lifestyles? Share It with us! We want to hear your successes. We may feature your story on our website and monthly newsletter.