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June 15, 2024 12:28 am

On World ‘No Tobacco Day,’ a renewed push to curb e-cigarette use by NC youth

Tricia Howard, lead nurse for Durham Public Schools, discovered her son vaping due to stress and highlighted the addictive nature and dangers of e-cigarettes for adolescents during a tele-town hall, emphasizing the need for calm, non-judgmental conversations and supportive quitting programs as e-cigarette use rises among youth.

Period supplies in schools are critical to education and health, schools and advocates say

Access to period supplies in North Carolina schools is crucial for student health and education, as lack of access leads to missed school days and negatively impacts academic success, prompting advocates and schools to push for increased funding and legislative support to combat period poverty.

A confluence of food hardship, poverty and housing shortens lifespans in Winston-Salem

Tawanna Archia, Healthy Forsyth program manager, highlights the difficult choices low-income residents of Forsyth County face between essential needs like medication, groceries, and rent. Established in 2023, Healthy Forsyth aims to address chronic conditions exacerbated by food insecurity and poor nutrition, with community conversations and solutions tailored to local barriers such as lack of transportation and safe walking environments.

Group takes steps to protect NC farm workers from heat stress

In North Carolina, farmworkers face extreme heat with minimal legal protections, prompting the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to strengthen existing rules to enhance safety measures for over 9,000 workers. The updated guidelines empower workers to take necessary breaks and stay hydrated, particularly when temperatures rise, reflecting a critical step toward self-managed health and safety amidst inadequate enforcement of labor laws.

North Carolina to receive $76m to replace drinking water lines that contain lead

North Carolina will benefit from an additional $76 million in federal funding to replace lead-contaminated drinking water lines, announced by the Biden administration. This grant is part of a larger $9 billion initiative aimed at removing hazardous lead pipes nationwide, particularly focusing on aiding disadvantaged and pollution-burdened communities.