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Editorial: Healthier N.C. challenge

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North Carolina can boast exceptional resources devoted to the maintenance and improvement of health, including those like East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine here in Pitt County. Yet, despite such facilities and organizations working toward that common goal, the state lags behind much of the country in overall general health, consistently ranking in the bottom third by most measures.

Now state officials, led by a former assistant state treasurer, hope to turn those numbers around by challenging residents to embrace a more active lifestyle in the interest of improved overall health. The program — called “A Healthier N.C.” — hopes to win the participation of at least 1 million citizens who pledge to lose 10 million pounds, and represents a noble effort to improve lives across the state.

East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is among those institutions devoted to the cause of building a healthier state. It consistently ranks among the top schools in the country for its primary care programs, and it annually graduates talented students who serve in North Carolina’s many rural communities.

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