Burke County News

Burke County Ramps Up Access to Behavioral Health Treatment

Investment Part of Long-Term Healthy Places NC Initiative

With support from the Trust, a local integrated care service provider is redesigning how to provide residents access to mental health and substance abuse treatment options. This investment is part of Healthy Places NC—the Trust’s long-term commitment to improving the health of residents in the state’s rural, under-resourced counties.

Community Playground Installed at New Day Christian Church

Nearly 300 volunteers came together at New Day Christian Church to install a playground that will be open to the community. The playground, which has been named “Grace Place – The Freely Given, Unmerited Favor and Love of God,” includes a picnic shelter, stage and adult exercise stations. Tammie Gercken, April 15, 2016, The News Herald

Community Wellness Takes Center Stage as Burke County Focuses on Promoting Activity and Local, Healthy Food

The Burke County community, with support from the Trust, is working to promote active living and healthy eating, as well as grow and sustain local food systems and nearby agriculture as part of the county-wide effort to improve health. Trust funding will go toward promoting year-round physical activity for residents, establishing wellness programs, and educating residents about healthy food options. The grants are part of the Trust’s Healthy Places NC, a long-term initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.

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