Healthy Places McDowell County
Working in McDowell County
McDowell County is positioned in the Appalachian Mountain region of western North Carolina. This scenic location provides abundant natural assets such as Pisgah National Forest, Linville Caverns, the Catawba River, Lake James, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These attractions draw tourists, retirees, and sightseers. Like many rural areas, McDowell County has felt the effects of lost manufacturing but has been able to maintain and attract key employers.
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, McDowell 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.