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LEEding Toward Wellness

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About Us:

The LEEding Toward Wellness taskforce started in August 2017. This group is comprised of various community partners that share the mission of educating, empowering, and connecting all Lee County residents to opportunities that provide them with healthy resources to improve their overall well-being.

2023 Taskforce Partners and Representatives:

  • N.C. Cooperative Extension
  • Partnership for Children & Families
  • First Health
  • City of Sanford, Planning & Development
  • Lee County Schools
  • Lee County Government
  • Lee County Health Department
  • Lee County Parks and Recreations
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
  • Ameri Health Caritas
  • The Enrichment Center
  • Sanford Area Growth Alliance
  • Downtown Sanford, Inc.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield- County Government Operations

Current Projects:

Sanford Steps Out 

How can you take the LEEd with your health in Downtown Sanford? By parking further!

Did you know that taking modest increases in extra steps per day is tied to better health?According to the American Heart Association, adding an additional 500 steps a day is associated with a 7% drop in cardiovascular-related deaths. We invite you to spend unlimited time in Downtown Sanford enjoying all it has to offer while getting extra steps for your health!

Sanford Steps Out is a social marketing campaign created by LEEding Toward Wellness committee in partnership with Downtown Sanford. This initiative seeks to leverage the present growth surrounding Downtown to create a positive culture of health among the residents, visitors, and business owners.

Be on the lookout for other stages of how Sanford Steps Out is promoting health in your community!

Past Projects:

Lee County Healthy Resources Map

Lee County Healthy Resource Map

The Borrowing Kitchen

The Borrowing Kitchen program was created in partnership with Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County. This program is offered as part of the nutrition education available to food pantry clients. Members of the kitchen can borrow different kitchen tools to help with the preparation of healthy and delicious recipes.

The Red Tablecloth

A red tablecloth is a quick and simple way to promote heart healthy options at your next event! Simply use a red tablecloth to designate a spot for heart healthy foods.

Red Tablecloth Handout

Interested in learning more or joining the taskforce? Contact Ashley Szilvay at or (919) 775-5624.