Carter County Healthy
The Carter County Healthy Living Committee's (CCHLC) mission is to prevent and reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease by encouraging healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free lifestyles. Our coalition includes professionals and community members who are committed to changing the health outcomes in Carter County. In addition, CCHLC collaborates with the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Carter County. To learn more about TSET's Healthy Living Program, please click here.
Our Community-Based Efforts
In Carter County, tobacco use, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle have resulted in four chronic conditions: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and lung disease. These diseases account for more than 60% of all deaths in Carter County. To learn more about our county's health conditions, please view the 2020 Carter County Wellness Profile.
To change the health trajectory of Carter County, CCHLC has conducted a Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment that ascertained the county's locations where rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease and the risk factors for these diseases are highest.
CCHLC, in partnership with the Carter County TSET Healthy Living Program, has selected the following nine strategies to implement in Carter County as a means to encourage tobacco cessation, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity:
Preventing youth access to tobacco in Carter County.
Working with worksites to create voluntary policies to restrict tobacco use indoors and outdoors.
Collaborating with out-of and after-school programs to create policies to ensure that children have adequate nutrition and physical activity.
Partnering with Ardmore, Gene Autry, and Springer retail food locations to increase access to healthy foods.
Assisting food banks with the implementation of change that increase the availability of donated healthy foods and beverages.
Adopting safe routes to school policies in Ardmore, Healdton, and Wilson, making walking and biking to school safe and accessible for all children.
Creating opportunities for physical activity by sharing existing public and private spaces.
Promoting social support groups that encourage physical activity in Ardmore, Healdton, and Wilson.
The Carter County Healthy Living Coalition meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am in the EJ Executive Board Room at the Ardmore Convention Center. Our meetings are held both virtually and in-person and are open to the public.
If you would like to become a member of our coalition or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, Healthy Living, e-mail us using the form below.