Obesity and Chronic Illness Committee
This committee's intent is to provide a community- based approach to address the growing problem of overweight and obesity, factors that contribute to the development and complications associated with many chronic illnesses.
The committee has four action groups, and among other items, over the next three years plans to:
- Increase access to healthy foods/toys in grocery/convenience stores
- Create Mobile farmers’ markets
- Connect Durham resources, organizations and collaborations
- Find a host for Bull City Open Streets
Increase worksite wellness initiatives among businesses
The committee's 3-year Action Plan provides the details.
Current committee chairs are:
To learn more or to join the committee, email one of the co-chairs (above) or contact Erika Samoff, the Partnership Coordinator, at esamoff AT dconc DOT gov or 919-560-7833.
The Obesity and Chronic Illness committee meets on the Second Wednesday of each month from 8:30-10:00 in the Human Services Complex at the Durham County Health Department (414 E. Main Street). Take the nearest elevator to the third floor; once there, you will be escorted to the Board of Health meeting room. Our meetings generally include updates from the various working groups, discussions on future collaborations, and opportunities to partner on grants.
Meetings are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend. You can find the meeting calendar here
Recent accomplishments include:
- Opening of a Healthy Checkout Aisle pilot in a grocery store in North East Central Durham (Los Primos)
- Development of two Healthy Mile trails to bring exercise to the neighborhood
- Bull City Play Streets events close downtown Durham’s streets to motorized vehicles and open them to biking, walking, playing and physical activity
Helped revise the Durham Public School Wellness Policy
Initiated a student-led School Wellness Committee at each high school with support from volunteer health professionals and school-based mentors
- Creation of Durham Eating Smart Moving More fold-out brochure and map that is available in many area physician offices and community locations
- Pilot of an after-school healthy snack program in six sites
- Focus groups with residents on nutrition and community gardens
- Collaboration between SNAP (food stamps) and Durham Public School's free and reduced lunch program so that families who were eligible for SNAP automatically received an application for school lunches
- Numerous joint proposals on childhood obesity, community gardens, and cooking classes
Durham Eating Smart Moving More map and brochure. This is an easy-to-read map of Durham's parks, schools, trails, recreation centers, senior centers, and more. Learn which parks and recreation centers have basketball courts, playgrounds, and pools. English (4MB) Spanish (5.4MB)
Herald Sun Article December 2008: Eat Smart Move More is more than a slogan
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
An overview of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in the U.S.
Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina
The Burden of Obesity
This site has power point slide shows that cover many of the factors involved with the obesity epidemic in North Carolina.
Eat Smart, Move More: North Carolina's Plan to Prevent Overweight, Obesity and Chronic Diseases Evidence Resource List
Reports and fact sheets
Collection of national and state fact sheets, reports and surveillance tools pertaining to physical activity, nutrition, and obesity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Site includes a news digest, grant opportunities, and research pertaining to obesity, nutrition and physical activity.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Fruit and Veggies More Matters Website
Information about the importance of fruits and vegetables and helpful tips for increasing fruit and vegetable intake.
USDA Team Nutrition Materials Database
Educational and training materials related to food and nutrition.
International Food Information Council
Timely information and resources on nutrition and food safety.
American Dietetic Association
The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Site includes position papers, brochures, tip sheets and much more.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
FNIC Resource Lists help nutrition professionals and consumers locate information and materials for specific food and nutrition topics. Compiled by Nutrition Information Specialists, the lists provide resources in a variety of formats including articles, pamphlets, books, audio-visuals, and Web site links.
Community Garden Resources
North Carolina State University Community Gardens Site
This site includes national research on community gardening, local growing guides and resources, and a community gardener’s list serve.
Food Insecurity Resources
Food Research Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. This site includes tool kits, fact sheets, resource guides, research, and a weekly national news digest.
Physical Activity Resources
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Guidelines that describe the types and amounts of physical activity which offer substantial health benefits to Americans.
Policy and Environmental Change Resources
Active Living by Design
Active Living By Design creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating. Site includes a community action model, research, news, and a calendar of events.
- Child Care Service Association
- City of Durham
- Cooperative Extension
- Duke Division of Community Health
- Duke Family Medicine
- Duke University Health System
- Duke University Medical Center
- The Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Health Equity and Disparities
- Durham City Government
- Durham County Government
- Durham County Health Department
- Durham County Social Services
- Durham Parks and Recreation
- Durham Public Schools
- Durham Public Works
Durham Technical Community College
- East Durham Children's Initiative
Food Bank of Central NC
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
- i9 Sports
- John Avery Boys and Girls Clubs
- Lincoln Community Health Center
- Playworks Durham
YMCA of the Triangle