Location: Davidson County, North Carolina, population 164,622
The Problem: Adults are consuming less than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day and are reporting low levels of physical activity.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The Davidson County Healthy Communities Program will address healthy eating and physical activity. A project coordinator will be hired to oversee the project, seek support and leverage resources from other community partners and coordinate all aspects of the project. They will also implement strategies based on successful local policy, environmental and system initiatives to support the community’s transformation through encouraging convenience stores and vendors to sell produce, increasing the number of venues using locally grown healthy food, supporting Active Routes to School, recruiting companies to adopt breastfeeding policies and improving the number of restaurants that implement menu labeling.