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A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in our community.

Imagine a Charlotte where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your zip code does not determine your health. Across our community, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as they can be.

We are committed to improving lives by removing barriers and strengthening our cardiac safety net, addressing food insecurity, lack of healthier environments, and access to quality health care. Collectively, we are working to impact the complex problems preventing better health for residents of Greater Charlotte.

Approximately 15% of Mecklenburg County residents are considered food insecure, which means they are without access to enough affordable, nutritious food.  

Your gift MATCHED!

This Giving Tuesday, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000, thanks Don Hanky & Debbi Bowles Hanky, Kevan & Anita Del Grande, & Kevin Nagle & another anonymous donor from Sacramento, CA.

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Commit to a healthy future, and together let's build the health of Charlotte.

A Culture of Health & Wellness

Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.

Healthy Charlotte is BACK!

Are you doing your part to keep the Queen City healthy?  Healthy Charlotte, a popular coalition of leaders and organizations dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our city, is back in action and we need your help! Learn about the “refresh” of this important initiative and how you can get involved to improve your health and the health of your friends, family and workforce.

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Healthy Food Access Leads to Healthier Hearts

Lack of access to healthy fruits and vegetables can lead to chronic disease, high blood pressure, obesity and even your mental wellbeing. As we align with likeminded community partners, we are committed to driving equitable health impact in Charlotte with a focus on nutrition security. By finding sustainable solutions and providing simple resources, we can all help save and improve countless lives.

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Providing needed assistance in community

The American Heart Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) are proud to announce five community health mini-grant awards, totaling $30,000 in the Greater Charlotte region. These local mini-grants focus on nutrition security, blood pressure management and access to healthy foods and equitable care. The mini-grants will impact under-resourced communities, priority zip codes and individuals living with high blood pressure and lack of access to nutrition.

Motivating communities to create culture of health

Charlotte was chosen along with seven other AHA markets across the U.S. to execute EmPowered To Serve community health lessons. These lessons are intended to engage and motivate communities to create a culture of health. The AHA is collaborating with Amgen as a national sponsor to enhance the education of under-resourced and communities of color through a targeted market community impact strategy with a series of 12 health lessons covering two essential areas: health education and community advocacy. Three area churches are currently enrolled in the initiative. These include Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and Faith CME Church.

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Helping Latino families eat healthy at home

Latinos in Charlotte have been impacted disproportionately by COVID-19. Financial hardships, lack of access to healthy foods, and shelter-in-place guidelines have made things worse. Nutrition is a critical component for our Promotores de Salud initiative, so we’re working alongside Camino Community Center(link opens in new window) and Catholic Diocese of Charlotte(link opens in new window) to determine how to meet their needs. Blue Cross of NC and other corporate supporters are providing virtual classes, financial support for food pantries, and four tons of produce.

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Gary Michel, Chair

President and CEO of JELD-WEN, Inc

Chairman of 64th Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball

“To address the under-resourced and disproportionately impacted, we need to ensure that all individuals have access to affordable healthy food in our community. Through strategic collaboration with organizations like the American Heart Association, we are committed to identifying fresh, healthy food options, educating those in need on nutrition assistance programs and developing sustainable solutions to meet the needs in Mecklenburg County,” said Michel.