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For all children in our community to have healthy weights in healthy bodies.
To develop a community collaboration that engages and excites people and develops a compelling, achievable plan to promote healthy weights in children.
The HWHC Initiative was a year-long planning process from September 2009 to September 2010 with the ultimate goal of developing an action plan, or blueprint, for Mecklenburg County to utilize to address the issues of healthy lifestyles for children and childhood obesity in the county. The action plan, The Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020, includes environmental policy, institutional policy, public awareness, and targeted community interventions that the community, stakeholders, and community can implement to address this important issue. The process to develop the action plan included building a coalition to enhance community collaboration around the issues of healthy eating and active living and conducting a community assessment to understand the needs of the community.
Healthy Weight Healthy Child is a community-backed coalition formed in 2010 through the partnership of Mecklenburg County Public Health, Atrium Health and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, to combat childhood obesity in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County Public Health is currently leading the efforts of the coalition, which is focused on identifying and implementing interventions across school, childcare, clinical and community settings, and on raising awareness and education through community-wide messaging.
For more information please contact the Healthy Weight Healthy Child Coalition Coordinator: