Cabarrus Wellness Coalition
Reducing child and adult obesity
In October of 2015, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, a long-standing partner and supporter of Healthy Cabarrus, convened a group of executive-level community representatives including school superintendents, city managers, health officials and members of the business community to address the rising number of overweight and obese children in out community. Those individuals are now known as the Children WIN Executive Steering Committee and they, along with the Healthy Cabarrus Advsiroy Board, provide guidance and support to Cabarrus Wellness Coalition. Cabarrus Wellness Coalition now focuses on the identification of new interventions and initiatives specifically focused on 'increasing the number of high school students who are neither overweight nor obese', an objective established by Healthy North Carolina 2020.
Cabarrus Wellness Coalition consists of four work groups:Clinical, Early Childhood, School-Aged, and Community Design. Each work group focuses on identifying interventions to impact the growing number of overweight and obese children in Cabarrus County.
Clinical - Melissa Arrington, Lead
Assist with developing standards of care for preventing and treating childhood overweight and obesity as well as identify resources for providers.
Early Childhood - Ann Benfield and Stephanie Bynum, Leads
Assist with developing education, policy, programs and resources related to healthy choices for children ages 0-5.
School-Aged - Gail Corteville, Lead
Assist with developing education, policy, programs and resources related to healthy choices for children ages K-12.
Community Design - Taylor Morris, Lead
Encourage and advocate for improving the built environment to promote increase physical activity, access to healthier food options and other options for healthy choices.