Articles about Health & Wellness

One month into the coronavirus crisis, food and housing insecurity rise
   April 15, 2020
Bridget Anderson
Since the coronavirus lockdowns began, Mecklenburg’s resource helpline has seen housing assistance requests jump 219% and food assistance jump 747%. These numbers are an indication of the dramatic impacts we’re seeing unfold on Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s economy.  Read more

Five things coronavirus could change in Charlotte
   March 30, 2020
Ely Portillo
Closed bars, restaurants and breweries. Hundreds of thousands of employees working from home while trying to home-school children. Near-empty road and no toilet paper on the shelves.  The immediate impacts from the coronavirus crisis are highly visible. But the virus could have more long-lasting and farther-reaching impacts beyond the immediate unemployment and economic disruption we’re... Read more

Five maps that show stark health disparities in Mecklenburg County
   July 9, 2019
Ely Portillo
Sharp differences in race and income are visible on a map of Mecklenburg County, generally in the familiar “crescent and wedge” pattern many Charlotteans are familiar with.   But differences are also available in other, more unexpected dimensions as well. These five maps illustrate some of the biggest disparities: In people’s health.  Read more

Jackson: Sprawling cities, towns may be killing us
   April 9, 2015
Mary Newsom
Public health expert Richard Jackson thinks it’s time to stop blaming individuals for the U.S. obesity problem. The problem, he says, is more systemic, including the auto-centric design of daily life and easy access to high-sugar and high-fat food. Read more

Building an environment for better health: Event April 8
   March 30, 2015

Depending on how they're built, our communities can make us lean, strong and happy – or overweight and depressed. That's the message public health expert Richard Jackson brings to UNC Charlotte Center City in a free event April 8. A Q-and-A interview. Read more

Wilmore wins grant to build 'edible walkway'
   June 4, 2014
Chuck McShane
Wilmore resident Kris Steele knew his neighborhood was a food desert, an area with little access to fresh food. Now he's won a $2,500 Keep Charlotte Beautiful grant to create and "edible walkway," where residents can pick fruit while they stroll. (Photo: John Chesser) Read more

Gaston agencies, foundation work with institute to create new online resource
   May 15, 2014

Interactive data dashboards track Gaston County trends in demographics, economy, education, health and quality of life. (Graph: Read more

What makes cemeteries truly scary: A case for green burial
   October 23, 2012
Ruth Ann Grissom
Cemeteries are popping up in yards across our region. Zombies claw their way back to the surface of the earth, refusing to rest in peace. Real cemeteries are even scarier – and not because of the haints that might lurk there. Many of our common burial practices can be harmful, even deadly. Read more

Big changes loom for health care: Are we ready?
   October 9, 2012

Remember the Y2K or “Millenium Bug” that was supposed to hit on Jan. 1, 2000? Planes were going to fall from the sky, banks would close and we’d never be the same, because none of our computers would boot up that morning. Health care faces its own Y2K milestone moment. Jan. 1, 2014, is coming, and fast. Are providers ready? Read more

Women’s Summit sponsors new online resource
   February 1, 2012

You may already know that, as a group, women tend to earn less than men. Something that may surprise you is that in 2010, smaller percentages of women were overweight or obese compared to men in Mecklenburg County. The new online tool sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Summit allows users to compare men and women across a range of indicators. Read more