Perspectives (March 2016)
We have such great things happening in our back yard! Let me highlight a few.
Sara Merz, Director
AHA’s 7th Annual Dig In was a huge success – we sold out at 278 people, and Rev. Richard Joyner had everyone riveted with his keynote address. He shared an incredible outcome of his work with the Conetoe Family Life Center, community gardens and youth and family work through 20 churches. In 5 years they reduced the ER admits from that community, from 96/quarter to about 20/quarter – for a huge drop in health care costs, and improving health and quality of life for a key community. The power of healthy produce!
Bike Share! The Raleigh City Council voted last week to bring bike share to Raleigh! This is a big deal for the future of Raleigh and for health. AHA worked closely with WakeUP Wake County, AHA Board Member and City Council Member Bonner Gaylord, and County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson (who was one of AHA’s founders and a former board member), and other partners and individuals who led to make this happen. See the Bike Share article below, including a letter signed by 18 groups and institutions including AHA.
A shout out to the YMCA of the Triangle – they understood the Council’s desire to cover expenses with sponsorships, and they reached out to offer to sponsor a station at the Alexander YMCA.
The County Health Rankings just came out and Wake County is back in the #1 slot in NC. Thank you all for your work! This News & Observer article includes an AHA quote and a mention of bike share too.
We heard the new Zebulon Town Manager wants to create a gravel walking loop around City Hall, so staff and others can have walking meetings! Zebulon is one of the 6 Wake County Healthy Community grantees, funded by the John Rex Endowment, that are now in year 2 of doing great things. Zebulon joins Raleigh, Garner, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale on this work. AHA is happy to work with this team of amazing leaders, and our partner Active Living By Design.
Thank you all for your leadership and for being part of this shift toward a healthier, happier Wake County.