Village HeartBEAT

NEWS UPDATE: Mecklenburg County is a Spotlight Award Winner

Recognition: Village HeartBEAT works in collaboration with all members of faith-based organizations  and leaders to engage and ensure that everyone in Mecklenburg County enjoy good health regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, disability, age, or socioeconomic status.

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"I flushed my cigarettes down the toilet after my son expressed concerns about the effects second-hand smoke would have on my unborn grandchild. After going through smoking cessation under Village HeartBEAT, I feel better mentally than I do physically. I just want them [smokers] to know how good it feels to not be a smoker. Because I'm sure at one point in their life they wanted to be off cigarettes, and when they succeed in that, it feels good." - Donald Faulkner, Ben Salem Presbyterian Church<

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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.

Village HeartBEAT walkHealthiest 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.

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