Practice and Service

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Obesity comes early in Nash and Edgecombe counties–29 percent of young children in the two North Carolina jurisdictions are obese or overweight before kindergarten. Among men and women here, nearly three out of every four are obese or overweight. The adult rate places Nash and Edgecombe among the top five heaviest counties in North Carolina.


The Gillings School of Global Public Health is committed to public health service and practice in North Carolina, the nation and around the world. The North Carolina Institute for Public Health provides training for thousands of frontline public health professionals each year and enhances organizational effectiveness for health agencies and organizations with technical Assistance, research, and evaluation services.