Healthy Places Burke County
Working in Burke County
Burke County is located in the scenic foothills region of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina. This area possesses abundant natural beauty with Lake James, Linville Falls, and Pisgah National Forest all nearby. The community has a lower unemployment rate than the state average, primarily driven by a strong manufacturing base that is now rare among rural regions.
In Burke County, local individuals and organizations work to increase healthy eating and active living in communities with low incomes by:
Enhancing opportunities for physical activity at one middle school and 13 elementary schools in areas with low incomes.
Expanding and strengthening Fresh Bucks and SNAP/EBT use at farmers markets in Tier 1 counties to combat obesity and lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Renovating and enhancing local recreation spaces to increase equitable opportunities for year-round physical activity for residents with low incomes.
Supplying cafeteria equipment to cook healthy school meals to increase access and consumption of nutritious foods in Burke County Public Schools.
Piloting the Growing Minds Farm to School Program to increase access and education to healthy foods at five elementary schools.
Reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths.
Burke County aims to reduce rates of substance misuse and overdose deaths by:
Supporting community-based research that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to reduce substance misuse rates.
Supporting evidence-informed and evidence-based approaches to prevent substance misuse among vulnerable populations.
Expanding a multi-agency collaborative, Burke Integrated Health (BIH), to implement a population/behavioral health project addressing prevention, treatment, and social determinants of health.