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Resolution to Make North Carolina Healthier
WHEREAS, the 2018 America’s Health Rankings listed NC as 33rd 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
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.