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What is CTG? An update!

Last September, my fellow Health Promotion Coordinator Meredith Stewart wrote a wonderful blog entitled “What Is CTG?”. In that blog, she introduced the work that the Chatham County Public Health Department is currently doing as part of the state-wide Community Transformation Project (CTG). In that blog, Meredith did a great job explaining the who, what, when, where and why of CTG, so if you’re new to CTG or need a refresher, I highly recommend giving it a read. (Here.)

So, today I’m not going to repeat what Meredith said, instead I’m writing to update you on our progress.  In the past six months, we’ve made a lot of great strides in the three CTG target areas: healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free living. Read on about our CTG efforts!


What is CTG?

Let’s face it, folks.   It seems that one of the requirements to work in Public Health is an unreasonable love of using acronyms.  We throw acronyms like the SEF*, WHO*, and HPV* around like everyone in the world should know what they mean!

Most recently, the Health Promotion Coordinators here at the Health Department have been throwing around a new acronym – CTG.  We use it all day in webinars and conference calls and then take it home to our family and friends.  At this point, I expect even the person checking me out at Food Lion to know what it means!

Well, this post is to let you all know about the CTG, also known as the Community Transformation Project.  North Carolina was one of the largest recipients of grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Community Transformation Project. In total, the state was awarded over seven million dollars to be used in rural areas targeting obesity, tobacco use, and physical activity. The Chatham County Public Health Department has begun working with community groups on several different initiatives. Click to continue reading.


CHEF Recipes: No-Bake Veggie Pizza

We’re back with a recipe that is versatile and handy year-round.  This is a fresh take on an old favorite– pizza! Click to read more!


Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Photo by Пероша

It’s the time of year for farm fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, and other locally made goods! Chatham County’s farmers markets are beginning to open this month into May. Chatham now has six farmers markets located across the county, with two new ones at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro and downtown Goldston. Click the links on the list of farmers markets below for more details on when they operate.

Visit your local farmers market today to see what’s in season! And stay tuned for a future CHEF Recipes video featuring freshly picked local ingredients.

For more information on Chatham County Farmers Markets, please go to http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/marketinfo.html.


Eat a Rainbow Week 2011 a Big Success!

School Health Liaison, Ellie Morris, with students' artwork

The creativity and dedication of many different organizations and individuals all over Chatham County led to a successful Eat a Rainbow Week 2011, coordinated and led by Ellie Morris, School Health Liaison with the Chatham County Public Health Department.  Participants included all of Chatham County Schools 10 primary and elementary sites as well as local businesses and restaurants, the CCCC Natural Chef Program, and the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. 

The Eat a Rainbow focus at the schools meant that students got to snack on and fill their cafeteria trays with a variety of fruits and vegetables over the course of the week. Thanks to cafeteria staff, teachers, and parents at all 10 schools, students tried new foods such as kiwi, seaweed, squash, celery, and purple cabbage.

One staff member at Virginia Cross Elementary told Ms. Morris, “I really enjoyed the salad because it had flavorful greens like chard in it. The students were wary at first, but when I pointed out the many leaves and explained how tasty they were, they were more willing to try it out.”   

Students also learned about healthy eating in class, and with the guidance of their art teachers, created fruit and vegetable themed artwork to decorate their cafeterias and local restaurants. 

The Chatham Community Library spread the Eat a Rainbow message to young children and their families by reading food-related books during their story times and making a prominent display of their favorite food-themed children’s books.

Restaurants in Siler City, Silk Hope and Pittsboro displayed artwork from Virginia Cross, Perry Harrison, Pittsboro Elementary and Silk Hope School students which was enjoyed by the students, restaurant staff, and customers.  A few restaurants also made a point of highlighting fruits and vegetables on their menus during the week.

Some dishes of note included the Catherine’s Cranberry Pecan Salad at S & T’s Soda Shoppe, the rainbow-colored Veggie Cobb Salad at Virlie’s, a dish with locally grown purple sweet potato and collards at Angelina’s Kitchen, and a vibrant butternut squash soup at the CCCC Natural Chef Café.  Chatham Marketplace encouraged residents to Eat a Rainbow by discounting a different color of produce every day. 

You can learn more about Eat a Rainbow and view a slideshow of Eat a Rainbow Week 2011 activities at www.chathampublichealth.com/eat-a-rainbow.

If you have questions about Eat a Rainbow Week or would like to be involved in the future, contact Ellie Morris, School Health Liaison with the Chatham County Public Health Department at 919-545-8514 or elizabeth.morris@chathamnc.org.