Mapping the End of Obesity

Their World: Durham, Durham County

How They Shaped It: 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. While there are several ways to approach this problem, a stand-out method came from one of the Partnership's subgroups. Their solution was to fight obesity by mapping and painting routes throughout the city that encourage more daily walking.

Their Successes:

  • The Partnership gained support from the city and input from experts in geographic information system mapping
  • A link was formed between NC Central University, the American Tobacco Trail, community centers, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and more
  • Improved walkability from the reduction of barriers and hazards throughout the city