In 2013, the NC Alliance of YMCAs received Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding through the YMCA of the USA to launch North Carolina’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (NCSPHC) project. This two-year project sought to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity through statewide policy, systems and environmental change, and supported the state’s Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina movement. 

Read about our successes for 2013-15!
The Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Action Plan focused on these four priorities:
  • Healthy food financing and corner store intitiaves in underserved and/or food desert communities
  • Funding for independent bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects and Complete Streets
  • Full implementation of the Y’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for early childhood, afterschool and youth sports programs
  • Encourage youth sports leagues and schools to adopt policies that support healthy food for pre- and post-game meals, snacks, fundraising and concessions.
We are proud to report that in partnership with many of our team members, we successfully advocated for:
  • $250,000 allocated in the 2016 state budget for a healthy corner store initiative. This work continues as we seek to obtain $1 million for this important effort.
  • The Healthy-Out-of-School Time Recognition Program, a voluntary recognition program for any out-of-school-time provider who meets the NIOST HEPA Standards.
  • Amended state statute to allow School Playgrounds to be available to the Public. We proudly purchased signage for the Alamance-Burlington School District when they passed their school board policy opening their elementary schools to public use in the summer of 2016.