Healthy Places Beaufort County
Working in Beaufort County
One of the state’s oldest counties, Beaufort is home to more than 47,000 people and encompasses 828 square miles. The community is bisected by the Pamlico River, which has historically presented challenges for transportation and countywide collaboration. Although Beaufort struggles economically, the county benefits from its proximity to Greenville, and its scenic locations that attract tourists and retirees.
Reduce rates of obesity.
We are partnering with residents to promote healthy eating and active living by increasing access to healthy foods and recreational and exercise opportunities in areas of the county with few to no options to shop for healthy foods or to play and be active.
Reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths.
Like many rural counties, Beaufort County is facing the effects of the opioid crisis. We are working to tackle substance misuse and addiction in the county and across the state.
Increase access to health insurance for low-income individuals.
We are supporting county efforts to increase access to health care. We are also focusing on strengthening the community’s safety net to better serve individuals with and without insurance.
Obesity Reduction in Beaufort County
Like many parts of the state, rural Healthy Places NC communities are working to address high obesity rates and food insecurity. To assist stakeholders in Beaufort in building a more equitable food system, the Trust will support efforts aimed at implementing local action plans.