North Carolina's New Fit Communities Named
On November 10, 2005, the Fit Together partnership introduced Fit Community: a program to recognize and reward municipality and county efforts to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-free programs, policies, environments and lifestyles. Dozens of applications were received from across North Carolina, and municipalities' efforts were judged based upon objective criteria collected from peer-reviewed studies and national programs.
The Fit Community designation is a public acknowledgement of a town or county's livability and commitment to improving the quality of life for its residents. On Thursday, June 7, 2007, North Carolina's second class of Fit Communities were unveiled by HWTF chair Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue and BCBSNC CEO Bob Greczyn.
Click here to for pictures of Mayors, County Commissioners and/or designated representatives accepting their 2007-2010 Fit Community designation.
To complement this designation initiative and to support implementation of other strategies at the local level, $1 million in separate grant funding was made available from the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund beginning in 2006. HWTF's Phase II Fit Community grant recipients, along with a short description of their goals and objectives were announced on June 14, 2007.
2006 Fit Community designees
2006 HWTF Fit Community grantees
2006 BCBSNC Foundation grantees