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Health and Wellness

The health of the GroWNC population, if measured only in terms of the frequency of illness or disease (morbidity) and the number of deaths (mortality), is relatively consistent with the health of the U.S. and North Carolina populations, with a few exceptions.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Health and Wellness Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

The Oaks Trail in Black Mountain | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

HCO8.2: Create a regional resource listing of physical activity programs and opportunities for all age groups and abilities. Read more »
HCO1.3: Initiate a regional campaign to educate older adults about the different ways they can achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Read more »
RC5.8: Develop partnerships to identify target areas and remove invasive species and restore native species. Read more »
HCO3.5: Replicate and expand Green Opportunities (GO) programs around culinary skills, gardening/food production, and business opportunities to train youth. Read more »
AC1.6: Organize and hold a regional greenways conference to build capacity and increase coordination among those developing greenways in the region. Read more »