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Healthy North Carolina 2020: Resolution to Make North Carolina Healthier

Sign the Resolution for a Healthier State

Join us by following the recommendations of our state's health leaders summarized in the report Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health (PDF, 7.3 MB; also see the Healthy NC 2020 Technical Report external link) – which was produced in collaboration with the North Carolina Institute of Medicine external link – and sign the resolution to make North Carolina a healthier state.

How? It's easy. Just complete and submit the web form below.

Resolution to Make North Carolina Healthier

WHEREAS, the 2015 America’s Health Rankings listed NC as 31st in overall health1; and

WHEREAS, NC ranks poorly on other health indicators including health outcomes, health behaviors, access to care and socioeconomic measures2; and

WHEREAS, prevention and wellness can save lives, reduce disability, improve quality of life, improve productivity and may decrease health care costs; and

WHEREAS, improving modifiable behaviors can improve health outcomes; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine developed a Prevention Action Plan with recommendations addressing 10 preventable risk factors contributing to the leading causes of death and disability in the state, including tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor nutrition, risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, mental health disorders, environmental risks, injuries, infectious diseases, racial and ethnic disparities, and socioeconomic factors; and

WHEREAS, the Prevention Action Plan includes evidence-based strategies to improve population health in the state; and

WHEREAS, the Healthy North Carolina 2020 Objectives address each of the 10 areas listed above in addition to maternal and infant health, oral health, and chronic disease; and

WHEREAS, these health objectives are designed to increase the span of healthy life of the citizens of North Carolina; eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity; promote access to preventive health services; protect the public’s health; foster positive and supportive living and working conditions in our communities; and support individuals to develop the capacities and skills to achieve healthy living; and

WHEREAS, communities, employers, hospitals, individuals and families, insurers, legislators and policy makers, schools and child care facilities, and health care providers must work together to improve health behaviors;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the undersigned endorses improving health for North Carolina.

  1. United Health Foundation. America’s Health Rankings 2015. Accessed December 10, 2015.
  2. North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Prevention. Prevention for the Health of North Carolina: Prevention Action Plan. Morrisville, NC: North Carolina Institute of Medicine; 2009.

Resolution Form

To make a resolution, complete and submit the form below. Any personal information you submit will not be shared with outside agencies.

Date of Resolution:
Resolution Type:

Select "Organization" only if you have the authority to support the resolution on behalf of your agency. Otherwise, please select "Individual". You may select both "Organization" and "Individual" if you would like to support the resolution at both levels.



* Organization Type:

If you can see this field, leave it blank.
Format: (###) or ###-###-####
Tobacco Use
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Unintended Pregnancy
Substance Abuse
Mental Health
Environmental Risks
Infectious Disease/Foodborne Illness
Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Social Determinants of Health
Maternal and Infant Health
Oral Health
Chronic Disease

Follow Up:

Check here if you DO NOT wish for us to follow up with you regarding your (change area) commitment and periodic progress. If the box is unchecked you will receive follow-up communication regarding your resolution.


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But Wait, North Carolina is Healthy Enough... Isn't It?

"Each of us can directly improve our nation’s collective health by learning about the factors that affect our health and taking real action to improve our habits, culture and environment.” America’s Health Rankings external link

In case you missed the news, North Carolina ranks 31st among U.S. states in terms of our overall health according to America's Health Rankings.