North Carolina Health and Community Leaders Issue State Challenge To Lose 10 Million Pounds

Today marks the launch of a new, statewide public health education campaign and challenge called “A Healthier NC,”  which challenges everyone in the state to lose 10 million pounds collectively. The North Carolina Medical Society is a sponsor of the campaign.

“The North Carolina Medical Society is committed to “A Healthier NC” both in our own office and as a North Carolina initiative. At NCMS headquarters, we have a gym and personal trainer to help staff get in shape – many of our employees have lost weight and improved their overall health,” said Bob Seligson, CEO of NCMS. “We also know that for any real and lasting change to occur in our state and national health care system, there needs to be a culture change in which individuals take more personal responsibility for their wellness. Improving our health through proper nutrition and regular exercise will help minimize preventable chronic diseases, and will make North Carolina a healthier place for our citizens.”

A press conference, hosted by NCSpin to launch the initiative, featured state leaders from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, NC State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction, NC Department of Commerce and the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The “A Healthier NC” campaign and challenge provides free health journaling tools and access to a clearinghouse of North Carolina health resources and educational materials at .

Featured speakers at the launch included Tom Campbell, Creator and Producer of NC SPIN; Robin Cummings, MD, Director of NC DHHS Office of Rural Health and Community Care; June Atkinson, Secretary of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of NC DPI; Sharon Decker, Secretary of NC Department of Commerce; and Hope Morgan Ward, Bishop of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The campaign also is sponsored by other leading North Carolina health and community organizations, including the NC Academy of Family Physicians, NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care, the AARP Decide.Create.Share campaign, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC.


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