There are many community resources available in Pitt County to help children and youth achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
• Pitt County Pediatric Nutrition Services
• Pitt County Schools
• Community Programs and Agencies
• Mental Health Resources
Pitt County Health Department
(Visit their website here.)
Appointment: WIC: (252) 902-2393; Others: (252) 902-2305
Contact: Jackie Sugg, MS, RD, LDN or Robin High, MPA, RD, LDN
Services: WIC: breastfeeding counseling, education and support and breast pump loan program; MNT: Weight management for children.
ECU Pediatric Outpatient Center, Brody School of Medicine
Phone: (252) 744-0766 Mindy Saenz
Services: All pediatric nutrition services including but not limited to diabetes (types 1 & 2), obesity, failure to thrive and heart disease.
Cost: Ask for current rates and possible insurance coverage when scheduling an appointment
Vidant Wellness Center, Nutrition Clinic
Appointment: (252) 847-9908
Services: Weight management (some insurance coverage may apply); children's fitness program.
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Ongoing Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs
National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, Summer Food Program, Taste Explorers, Winner's Circle food items in Pitt County cafeterias and vending machines, Project YEAH!, walking trails, and more.
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation is a program that was established in 1978 to coordinate and expand the use of school facilities by community groups and organizations; to assist in developing volunteer programs within the schools; and to develop county-wide recreation programs. The program provides recreational sports programs for citizens of all ages, including youth, and after-school programs and summer camps for the community. For more information, contact Rita Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Carolina "Healthy Active Children Policy"
In January 2003, the NC State Board of Education passed the "Healthy Active Children" policy. This policy was amended in April 2005. It requires schools to develop local school health advisory councils, recommends specific amounts of physical education and activity each week and requires schools to offer coordinated school health programs. The policy includes a 30-minute daily physical activity requirement for Kindergarten through eight grade students.
Vidant Wellness Center
Vidant Wellness, a wellness and disease management provider for Vidant Health Systems for citizens in eastern North Carolina, has two wellness centers in the region, one in Greenville and one in Ahoskie, NC. These centers both provide a range of fitness and wellness programming to the general public, including children. For information about children's programming, call 252-847-6501.
Pitt Partners for Health
Pitt Partners for Health is a community partnership with representatives from local churches, businesses, communities and human service agencies. The partnership responds collaboratively to the compelling health needs of Pitt County residents through assessment, resource identification, development of citizen advocacy, comprehensive planning and coordination of health intervention and prevention strategies. Priority areas for Pitt Partners for Health include nutrition and physical activity. For more information, contact Kristen Brooks at email@example.com.
Local Strides for Community Advancement, Region 10 of the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project
The CTG project supports communities in the development and implementation of initiatives to create healthier communities and reduce chronic disease throughout North Carolina. To support the efforts of CTG, Local Strides focuses on the priority areas of healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free living. Region 10 includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt and Wayne counties. Visit their web site at http://www.localstrides.com/.
ECU Family Therapy Clinic
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays, hours based on therapist availability
Location: Corner of 10th St. and Anderson St. in Greenville, NC
Fees: Sliding Fee Scale
Credentials: Master's and Doctoral level therapists and therapists in training (closely supervised by credentialed faculty); licensed faculty-level therapists
Types of Problems Addressed: Marital/couple, parent/child, child behavioral, obesity/overweight, psychosocial adjustment and management of illness and disabilities, post-divorce therapy, military and veteran families and mental health
Stoplight Food Guide (PDF file) Handout that provides nutritional guidance for making healthier food choices.
The Plate Method (PDF file) Handout that provides a quick and easy visual for healthy portions and food choices.
Food Diary (PDF file) Blank food diary to record foods and drinks consumed.
10 Tips to Help Your Child and Teen Achieve a Healthy Weight Handout developed by the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center