Introducing Local Strides

Jul 16, 2013

Chronic disease is the leading cause of the death in the United States, and one in every three Americans has at least one chronic disease. While those facts may seem insurmountable, with the assistance of local communities banding together in support, the CTG Project is looking to change all of that by promoting initiatives in three core focus areas: Active Living, Healthy Eating and Tobacco-Free Living. The hope is that by getting individuals and families eating better, moving more, and quitting their dependence on tobacco, we can start to reduce chronic disease at a local level.

Local Strides is Region 10 of the CTG Project. It encompasses 9 counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Craven, Carteret, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt and Wayne. By working with individuals and local governments, Local Strides looks to promote an all around healthier lifestyle in each of the impacted communities.

Staying active is the first key area of focus for Local Strides. An active lifestyle promotes heart health, strong joints and muscles, weight loss and a host of other benefits. You don’t need to do much to start out; 15 minutes of moderate activity a day is enough to see a change in your health.

Eating healthy is the second of the three areas of concern. While eating healthy certainly has an impact on many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, most people don’t realize the benefit it has on the local economy. The best way to start a healthy diet is to start buying locally grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers and vendors. So before you start buying frozen veggies from your supermarket, take a trip to your local farmers market; the food tastes better, is better for you, and the money you spend helps keep local growers produce fresh fruits and vegetables for years to come.

The final component of Local Strides is Tobacco-Free Living. It should come as no surprise that tobacco use is the leading cause of cancer in this country. While tobacco use may seem like an individual activity, prolonged exposure to tobacco use can have lasting effects such as illnesses related to second hand smoke and perpetuating a culture of tobacco use and chronic disease. If you or someone you know is looking to quit their addiction to tobacco, use some of the resources available on our website. Quitting is tough, but there are resources and people available that can make the transition easier.

Local Strides has already compiled a significant amount of resources on local fresh produce vendors, active living locations, and quitting-help resources. We are constantly out in the communities and speaking with the local government to broaden our impact and help make a better, healthier tomorrow. To learn more and to see how you can help, visit


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