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#LetsMoveOutsideWake Launches for Play and Serve Opportunities

AHA partners and advocates connected in talking about “play” and “serve” (volunteer) opportunities for youth at the Let’s Move! Outside Summit earlier this month.

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and the YMCA of the Triangle hosted the Let’s Move! Outside Summit on June 1, 2017 in Raleigh;  31 local and state partner organizations committed to increasing the number of youth (pre-K through high school) playing and serving (volunteering) on public lands in Wake County by 20,000 over the next year.

Last summer the YMCA was named as the local coordinator for the Let’s Move! Outside initiative in Raleigh, tasked with increasing the number of youth playing, learning, serving and working in the great outdoors.  The Y convened a Steering Committee, which decided to expand the reach beyond Raleigh to all of Wake County and to focus specifically on the pillars of “play” and “serve.”

AHA partnered with the YMCA to convene the Summit, which featured five presentations, including success snapshots from Cary, Knightdale and Raleigh in getting youth outdoors to play and volunteer, the Kids in Parks and Track  Rx program, and research from NC State University about how public webcams are being used to track physical activity in public spaces. Partners are providing baseline data so that together we can track and celebrate the increase in the number of youth playing and serving outdoors.

Many partners agreed to capitalize on youth’s interest in social media and use #LetsMoveOutsideWake when promoting play and serve opportunities. All organizations in Wake County are invited to use this hashtag when hosting opportunities and promoting other organizations’ play and serve opportunities.

Summit Presentations

Let’s Move! Outside Overview  Jessica Medlin, YMCA of the Triangle
Psyched About Bikes – Knightdale Megan Thornton, Knightdale Parks and Recreation
Town of Cary Outdoor Camps Sam Trogdon, Bond Park, Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Youth Volunteers in Parks – Raleigh Ashley Deans, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Kids in Parks – TRACK Rx Jason Urroz, Kids in Parks
Measuring Physical Activity Dr. Aaron Hipp, NC State University



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