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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

HCO2.3: Support efforts to expand care options across the region to provide residents who can no longer live independently with an alternative to managed care facilities. Read more »
AC1.1: Use the MPO/RPO process to advance pedestrian and bike priorities and increase funding levels for pedestrian and bike projects in the Transportation Improvement Process. Read more »
EA1.1: Form a committee of committed stakeholders to oversee implementation of GroWNC recommendations and strategies. 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 »
HCO4.4: Conduct Health Impact Assessments for publicly-funded projects to evaluate their potential community health outcomes. Read more »