1. THE PROBLEM
North Carolina scores poorly in health.
Our overall 2015 grades: Tobacco, C; Physical Activity, D; Nutrition, F; Obesity, F.
Unhealthy behaviors (namely smoking, poor diets, and not enough physical activity) combine with challenging economic factors (poverty, lack of health insurance, and unemployment) to put North Carolina behind the national curve on life expectancy and chronic disease.
2. THE DATA
To compute these grades, we drew on data from a number of state and federal sources in addition to our own North Carolina worksite data from WorkHealthy America participants. Thanks in particular to our Data Partners: NC State Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Each letter grade is based on multiple measures, as illustrated in the online Report Card’s charts and tables.
3. WHAT WE’RE DOING
It’s not enough to point the finger at what’s not working well, it’s vital that we advance the solutions. Prevention Partners is partnering with business, school and community leaders to create healthy places where we work, learn and receive care — because we know that place matters. Are we encouraged to get enough physical activity during the day? Can we make healthy, affordable food choices at work or school? Can we be protected from second-hand smoke, and can we get help for trying to quit tobacco?
Through WorkHealthy America, we help employers of all sizes and sectors to adopt evidence-based policies and benefits that reach all employees. We’re also working with schools and school districts on student and employee health, and with hospitals and clinics on helping patients quit tobacco use. Read three success stories of North Carolina employers who have transformed their workplaces in the report; find more stories here.
Our collaborative initiative, Healthy Together NC, seeks to bring evidence-based prevention practices to at least 10 major employers in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties by 2025. Read more about that campaign here.
4. WHAT YOU CAN DO
The Report Card offers simple, affordable, actionable steps that we can all take — as individuals, families, employers, schools, policymakers, and/or healthcare providers — to improve the overall health of North Carolina.
5. KUDOS TO OUR TEAM
Read more about these partners here, or visit their websites below:
Center for Healthy North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Hospital Association
ADDITIONAL DATA SOURCES
These trusted sources offer still more measures of North Carolina’s health, several of them in relation to the United States as a whole: