All people in North Carolina have equitable and adaptive/adaptable access to physical activity opportunities across the lifespan.

Why Is This Important?

Communities that provide spaces for physical activity have healthier people with less risk of chronic health conditions, poor cardiovascular health, and premature mortality. HNC 2030, p. 54

Story Behind the Curve

In 2019, 74% of the North Carolina population lived within half a mile from a park in any area, one mile from a recreational center in a metropolitan area, or three miles from a recreational center in a rural area. Among counties, the range was 6-100% among US states for percent of population with access to exercise opportunities. Low income communities, people of color, people with physical disabilities, and people living in rural areas have less access to recreational facilities and parks compared to affluent, white, and metropolitan communities. Statewide goals are to increase access to opportunities for physical activity to 92% of the population. HNC 2030 p. 54

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Livable Communities
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Carolina
Boy Scouts of America-East Carolina Council  *several councils across the state
Brenner FIT®- WakeHealth
Bull City Fit
Children’s Healthy Weight Research (CHWR)- UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Children Wellness Initiative Network (WIN)- Walk Cabarrus
Durham Parks & Recreation (DPR)
Eat Smart Move More North Carolina
Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coastal Pines
Go NAPSACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care)
Kids in Parks- TRACK Trails
Lumber River Council of Governments
National Recreation and Park Association
NC Council of Churches
NC State Design National Learning Initiative
NC State Extension- Faithful Families
North Carolina Department of Transportation- Great Trails State Plan, Safe Routes to School Program, Let’s Go NC!
North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA)-
The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.- Smart Start
The Duke Endowment
The Trust For Public Land
The Walking Classroom
Vision Zero Network
What Works
  • Adopt “Complete Streets” policies
  • Expand transit services to provide access to places for physical activity
  • Increase access to evidenced-based and informed interventions that support physical activity in childcare, schools, churches, workplaces and other community-based settings
  • Increase number of biking trails and lanes, walking trails, and greenways
  • Increase number of and access to community parks, particularly in rural areas
  • Increase the number of joint use/open use policy agreements for school playground facilities
  • Maintain safe and well-lit sidewalks
  • Provide public access to municipal recreation facilities
  • Support community walking clubs and public fitness classes
Description of Indicator Data

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps - Business Analyst, Delorme map data, ESRI, & US Census Tiger line Files *Should not compare ranked data from year to year

Additional Data Needed at Local Level

Work with the city and/or county planning department to identify locations in your community that are used for physical activity and select or create your own measure(s).

Scorecard Result Container Indicator Measure Action Actual Value Target Value Tag S R I P PM A m/d/yy m/d/yyyy