While hospitals are designed as places for medical treatment and healing, many North Carolina hospital campuses still permitted the use of tobacco until 2009. Today, thanks to the Healthy NC Hospitals Initiative, all acute care hospitals have 100 percent tobacco-free campus policies. That work is continuing now through a tobacco cessation system for patients, visitors and employees.
The initiative is also revolutionizing nutrition standards in hospital cafeterias and vending machines. A recent event in Charlotte, N.C., highlighted the “Red Apple” program by bringing together teams of hospital chefs in a day-long culinary competition.
In Durham County, N.C., a new program is increasing child well-being by bridging the gap between parent need and community resources.
A ministry of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Cedar Grove, N.C., has become a national model for community gardening. Participants are now creating a development plan that will help the project thrive for years to come.
In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a unique partnership is helping community officials respond to mental health needs.
What can we do to help North Carolinians become healthier? A Q & A with the president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine discusses a statewide action plan.