Location: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, population 990,977
The Problem: Adults are consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, reporting low levels of physical activity and using tobacco and vapor products.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The Mecklenburg County Health Department Village HeartBEAT program is working to reduce the incidence of health disease in several Public Health Priority Areas throughout Mecklenburg County. VHB plans to target faith communities in the area with a goal to access 24,000 congregation members and 6,000 community residents. The project will expand the number of participating faith communities, enhance the network of partner organizations, connect members to community based social services, and provide training for 600 "Health Ambassadors" to create policy changes and promote healthy behaviors within congregations and local communities.