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Happy New Year! We have so much to be grateful for, and excited about. I want to share a few highlights.

Sara Merz, Director

Sara Merz, Director

  • Last week, AHA led a meeting of nearly 30 parks and recreation and youth sports staff and volunteers from a variety of organizations about AHA’s Sports Snack Game Plan, AHA’s healthy snacking material that six towns in Wake County are now using for team sports, , impacting 30,000 kids/year. This is part of our Healthiest Capital County Initiative, where AHA is working to support “Health in All Policies.”
  • AHA is continuing to lead conversations around how municipal and County policy and plans can be revised to benefit local food and Safe Routes to School efforts. This all happens in partnership – thanks to the amazing staff and all the community leaders who are part of this ongoing work!
  • This month AHA is also fortunate to be starting a 6-month assessment phase of our new “capacity building for collaboratives” grant, the first of its kind that the John Rex Endowment has awarded. We’re so thankful for this opportunity to engage partners in a really thoughtful process led by a great consultant. This will help us be even more effective and identify key next steps for AHA. A big thanks to John Rex Endowment – one of AHA’s founders and a major funder making our systems-change work possible.
  • Lastly, with this newsletter we are starting a new series, AHA Matters, where we will share personal thoughts from our Board of Directors members about AHA’s key role in the health of our communities across Wake County.

May this year be rich and wonderful for you.

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