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Sept. 12, 2000 -- No. 462

NC Prevention Partners to release new health prevention report card

News Briefing

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.

George Watts Hill Alumni Center, outside on brick terrace

Ridge Road and Stadium Drive, UNC-CH

N.C. Prevention Partners will release its Year 2000 North Carolina Prevention Report Card, focusing on three major areas -- tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity -- that underlie two-thirds of preventable death and disability in North Carolina.

The grades are drawn from data on how North Carolinians live as measured by the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also examines community support for health living and the medical care system's involvement in preventive care across the state.

N.C. Prevention Partners is a statewide organization that brings together health organizations, public health leaders, health care professionals, businesses, hospitals, health insurance plans, regulators, government, consumers and voluntary health associations. Housed in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, NC Prevention Partners was founded two years ago to build a stronger prevention focus across all sectors of North Carolina.

Peg O'Connell, chair of the N.C. Prevention Partners board, will present the grades. Dr. A. Dennis McBride, state health director, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, also will participate. O’Connell and other organizers also are expected to be available during the day for interested reporters.

Media representatives may park in the Rams Head parking lot on Ridge Road, adjacent the alumni center and Kenan Stadium.

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School of Public Health contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 966-7467, lisa_katz@unc.edu

NC DHHS contact: Bill Furney, (919) 715-4174, bill.furney@ncmail.net

News Services contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593