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Perspectives September 2012: Change Is in the Air

The calendar says summer for a few days yet, but it sure feels like fall to me. The mornings and evenings are cooler, the days are a little shorter, and the trees are starting to look like they’ve had enough. But with change comes new opportunity.

Sheree Vodicka, AHA Director

As the weather cools to a comfortable temperature and lower humidity, promote these upcoming and ongoing events to your constituents–be they parents, employees or your own social networks. And be sure to take advantage of some of these opportunities yourself!

The City of Raleigh is piloting the Watch for Me campaign to help keep pedestrians safe as we navigate neighborhood sidewalks and streets on our bikes and on foot. The R-Greenway App went live this week. This iPhone app will help you navigate our many miles of fabulous greenways. Oh, and in case you need an excuse to bike or walk to work, it’s also Smart Commute Challenge time through October 15th. How can you “kick gas” this month?

Don’t forget that October 3rd is Walk to School Day. There are several events planned in the county to celebrate, so get involved. Also check out the Bike Summit coming October 12th and 13th. Registration is open now.

Another sign of change is the produce. Fewer of our summer favorites fill the farm stands – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers. They’ve given over space to potatoes, winter squash and pumpkins.  Check out one of our many area farmers’ markets to see what’s in season on our refreshed website. AHA is working alongside a group of passionate folks who are offering recommendations to the Unified Development Ordinance around Urban Farms definitions and standards. Stay tuned for more on that.

AHA hosted its first Brains & Bodies Workshop of the school year otethis past week on forming a high functioning wellness committee. We had nearly 50 excited PTA parents and other community advocates there. Check out our schedule for upcoming workshops.

As summer turns to fall, busier days are ahead. We look forward to sharing updates on AHA’s strategic planning work underway this fall, and we thank you for all you do to make Wake County a healthier place to live, work, play and pray.

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