Featured Projects

Across North Carolina, people like you are improving their communities in dramatic ways. Read their stories and let them inspire you.


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Banner Elk, Avery County

When you consider the active lifestyles led by residents of Banner Elk, you'd expect their community to be rife with walking paths, greenways and bike lanes. But until recently, these amenities were all but absent from the community ...
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Wilmington, New Hanover County

Who would turn down the opportunity to save money and be more connected to great food while getting valuable exercise? Not the residents in Wilmington, NC ...
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Burnsville, Yancey County

A few dedicated individuals can make a big difference. Listen to the story of how residents renovated a gym to give back to their community through "Project Live Active in Yancey" ...
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Black Mountain, Buncombe County

A local physician came up with the clever idea to utilize his garden and partner with local schools to inspire children to eat healthier ...
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Durham, Durham County

Every town looks for different ways to come together as a community and promote a safe and active lifestyle. Durham residents came out to walk, bike, skate, jog, and even dance together ...
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Asheboro, Randolph County

When city, business and faith leaders in Asheboro set out to reinvent the downtown area, their first order of business was to make it more walkable ...
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Durham, Durham County

Mel Downey-Piper isn't the only one who wants a healthier Durham. She and over 20 partnering organizations worked together to create the Partnership for a Healthy Durham. Their number one priority: fighting obesity ...
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Burlington, Alamance County

When parents in Burlington looked at North Park, they saw potential for a fun and exciting environment. But they wanted to make the park safer before letting their children play ...
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Faison, Duplin/Sampson Counties

When was the last time you drove over 30 minutes to take a walk in a park? Some Faison residents were willing to do just that in order to enjoy the natural beauty of their small-town park ...
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China Grove, Rowan County

Developing and maintaining a garden is simple. But as the students at Millbridge Elementary discovered, the effects a garden can have on a community are profound ...
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Woodfin, Buncombe County

Tackling obesity can be a challenging task, but Woodfin Elementary School wasn’t about to let it go unchecked ...
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Henderson, Vance County

When Mrs. Carol King Franklin's house burned to the ground, she chose not to rebuild. Instead, she donated her lot to the city of Henderson—her only wish being that a playground be built on the property ...
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Sunbury, Gates County

Late in the 2006-2007 school year, the principal of T.S. Cooper Elementary faced a troubling challenge. Unless the school’s construction project for a new classroom wing was expedited, students would lose their playground and recreation field when they returned to school the following year ...
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Salisbury, Rowan County

Dan Mikkelson, Director of Land Development for the city of Salisbury, is a convening member of the Bike Plan Work Group. He believes that cycling is a quick and healthy way to get around—one that reduces driving costs and benefits the environment ...
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Beaufort County

Obesity and a general lack of physical activity already affected a staggering percentage of student populations. The Beaufort County Health Department and school officials had an idea ...
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Marion, McDowell County

The students of West McDowell Junior High love hands-on learning. Walking to the Catawba River for science experiments or visiting Round Hill to learn about the McDowell and Carson families are among their most meaningful activities ...
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