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June 7, 2007
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North Carolina’s Top Towns, Counties Awarded for Healthy Living
Leading N.C. communities receive second annual Fit Community award designations
RALEIGH, N.C. – Five North Carolina municipalities and two counties were awarded the Fit Community designation
today to recognize their success in promoting healthier lifestyles among their residents.
The Fit Community designations were made by Fit Together, the statewide initiative by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF) to combat obesity and excessive
weight. Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, chair of the HWTF, and Bob Greczyn, president and CEO of BCBSNC, presented the
awards, which are in the second year. Thirty cities, counties and towns applied for the designation.
The following communities received the Fit Community designations: Town of Carrboro, Town of Cary, Town of
Edenton, Mecklenburg County, Pitt County, City of Salisbury and the City of Shelby. The designation rewards
communities for supporting healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free living through policy and community
“The health of our people is the foundation for the well being of our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Perdue. “These
communities are making a real difference for their residents by promoting healthy living.”
Mayors, county officials, school superintendents and local representatives from across the state accepted this honor on
behalf of their communities. To download a photograph of the mayors or county officials, receiving their awards,
please visit www.FitTogetherNC.org at 5 p.m.
“How we live has a real impact on our health. Leaders in these North Carolina communities have made it easier for