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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

USDA Honors Wake Schools for Nutrition and Exercise Work


Some school Wellness Committees and PTAs are supporting their staff with healthy treats!

Congratulations to all 104 Wake County elementary schools honored this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for meeting the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge! Schools that receive the awards uphold high nutritional standards in meals served to students, promote physical education and activities for students and have high student participation in school lunch programs.

This video features several school staff members and the work they are doing to improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities for students in their schools. Congratulations to them!
The Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. With this year’s honors, North Carolina has now received the second highest number of awards of all the Southeastern states.  Learn more at the Wake County Public Schools web site.

AHA Brains and Bodies Awards

AHA is currently visiting a number of schools in Wake County that applied for the 2012 AHA Brains and Bodies Award. We are so impressed with the work administrators, teachers and parents across the county are doing to create a healthier school environment for the children, as well as staff and parents by extension. We love the healthy spin some PTAs are putting on staff appreciation, like orange snacks for staff at Oak Grove Elementary School.
We look forward to sharing news of the Brains and Bodies Award winners in late May!
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