Nearly half of the 14 counties in the Triad and Northwest North Carolina are on the Top 20 list for deaths related to substance abuse statewide, a nonprofit agency says. Surry County has the region’s highest risk ranking for substance-abuse related deaths and is fourth in the state, while Ashe County is eighth, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free N.C. Inc.
A new community walking track on the campus of Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School has expanded the school’s efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle among its more than 800 students and their parents and in the community it serves. Kinston Free Press, September 28, 2013
Access to playgrounds and other recreational facilities is known to increase physical activity and improve physical fitness, and in McDowell County, N.C., efforts to boost access to recreational facilities have led to successful funding of upgrades to playgrounds and parks. More than a year ago the Kate B.
In a June 25, 2013, speech to the National Rural Assembly, health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius mentioned several “challenges that rural areas face,” including the fact that rural Americans are less likely to get health insurance through a job—so they are “more likely to have to buy it on their own.” Lee L. Prina, Health Affairs, September 2013
They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but a playground in Nebo was. Saturday, more than 200 volunteers joined forces at Nebo Crossing to give children in the community a place to have fun. WLOS TV, September 7, 2013
Nebo Crossing will soon have a new playground built in one day thanks to grants from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and a partnership with national playground builder KaBOOM! McDowell News, September 5, 2013