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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

HCO3.5: Replicate and expand Green Opportunities (GO) programs around culinary skills, gardening/food production, and business opportunities to train youth. Read more »
HCO7.2: Organize, support, or sponsor events that bring together interest groups or the wider community. Read more »
HC5.1: Streamline the permitting process for the addition of exterior and interior accessibility features and provide new funding sources/support to help private landlords pay for and install these features, such as ramps and railings/bars. Read more »
HCO8.4: Work with Children First/Communities in Schools (CIS) to develop a more sustainable funding system, to help the organization maintain and grow its successful programs. Read more »
HCO7.1: Promote Neighborhood Watch programs to increase safety and build community. Read more »