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By Alicia McDaniel, Cabarrus REACH Project Over the last two years, the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) has supported local community garden efforts through funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. Community gardens by design foster relationships, present the opportunity for hands on learning and skill development as well as provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It is for these reasons that the REACH community garden program will continue into the 2018 year. Participants of the community garden program receive supplies, training and technical assistance at no ...
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World Diabetes Day 2017

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Today, November 14, marks World Diabetes Day. A day dedicated to inspire activism and bring awareness about the harmful disease. So before we jump into Thanksgiving festivities just around the corner, first, gobble down some helpful facts and tips to reduce your chance at getting diabetes and to improve your overall health. The aerial view of the blue ring brings awareness to World Diabetes Day in a park.  Did you know that more than 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes? But what exactly is it? Diabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is high, due to the absence of insulin, which turns ...
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“If you’re not mad, then you’re not paying attention.” The sentiment expressed by de Beaumont Foundation Chief Program and Strategy Officer Brian Castrucci captured the passion from the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Institute presented by the Aetna Foundation. The Institute, an all-day conference hosted in Atlanta on Nov. 3, brought together city and county finalists from across the country including Perris, California, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Allentown, Pennyslvania, and more. United, finalists not only collaborated and shared their community’s progress, but also engaged with public health experts from various organizations. The event focused ...
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By Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Sandoval County, New Mexico  During the next ten weeks, first and second graders in Rio Rancho elementary schools will become “health ambassadors,” learning healthy behaviors that they can take home to share with their families and friends. 1st and 2nd grade kids learning about Health Message # 6, Keep It Clean. The 10x10 My Health Booklet is a colorful, interactive, easy-to-use guide to basic health behaviors for elementary school children. The booklet and its accompanying lessons teach students in an age-appropriate way, “10 Things Every Child Should by the Age of 10.” Activities and resources for ...
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The frequently used idiom, “A walk in the park,” once referred to the ease of a common task. Today, however, a walk either to a park, to a store or to a school, is no longer as simple nor recurrent as it once was. Because of physical challenges like inadequate sidewalks, urban sprawl and car-centric suburban planning, many communities have become unsafe and discouraging for pedestrians to walk. To add, these barriers have begun to change American walking culture.  The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released its first national assessment of walking and walkability in the United States  a few weeks ago, and found troubling results. The assessment ...
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