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Partner in the Spotlight: NC PTA Promotes Healthy Snacking and Healthy Students

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NC PTA saw this photo of the healthy snacking banner hanging at the Bond Park Community Center in Cary and wanted to print banners to distribute to schools in North Carolina.

North Carolina PTA serves the parent teacher associations of our state in a variety of important ways, and promoting healthy students is a key piece of their work. In addition to sharing resources from AHA’s Toolkit with PTA units across Wake County and the state, NC PTA recently printed 33 healthy snacking banners that they will distribute to schools across the state.

They will soon be hanging in cafeterias and at school concession stands to promote healthier options. NC PTA is providing some seed funding for some schools to add water and fruit to their concessions if those healthier choices are not already available, according to Marianne Hedrick Weant, Director of Health Programs for NC PTA.

“One of our goals this coming school year will be to provide a more local flavor to our beginning of the year packets to our more than 160 units in Wake County, and the AHA resources are perfect for that,” Weant said. “Because AHA gave us the chance to co-brand beautiful, already designed flyers and signage, we were able to start sharing them immediately with units across the state who might not ever encounter AHA.”

health-summit-square-300x300Healthy Learning Summit: Feb. 7

NC PTA will give away 3 banners at its upcoming Healthy Learning Summit on Sat., February 7 at Panther Creek High School in Cary. NCPTA is partnering with North Carolina Action for Healthy Kids Team and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association to provide a day of learning and interactive fun for parents, teachers, principals, child nutrition directors, wellness coordinators, after care providers and anyone interested in improving school wellness efforts to help students achieve more.

Experts will share on the need for school wellness, implementing wellness policies, assessing wellness and implementing an action plan for success, and more. Registration is just $10.

AHA Toolkit

Municipalities, parks and recreation departments, youth sports leagues and youth-serving organizations, churches, businesses and others are welcome to use the AHA Toolkit resources, which can be linked to for electronic communication or downloaded and printed. AHA offers partners the opportunity to co-brand these items with their own organization’s logo as well.

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