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AHA fosters and supports community efforts to make healthy eating and physical activity the way of life in Wake County.

Brains & Bodies Workshops

Alice Rees designed and helped implement this outdoor learning area project at Partnership Elementary. Students love it at recess and after-school, and the P.E. teacher uses it as well.

In March 2013, a workshop on getting students moving outside of the P.E. class highlighted this outdoor learning area project at Partnership Elementary. Students love it at recess and after-school, and the P.E. teacher uses it as well.

Children spend most of their day at school, so we need schools to be healthier places!

AHA developed its Brains and Bodies Workshop series to provide parents, teachers and administrators with the knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce a local wellness policy at little or no cost. Workshops provide practical tools and solutions and a way for parents and educators to connect.

Sept. 29:
Smart Solutions for Schools–
Snacks, Active Transportation and a Road Map for Wellness

WHEN: Thurs., Sept. 29, 10-11 am OR 5:30-6:30 pm
WHERE: YMCA of the Triangle, 801 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 200, Raleigh
REGISTRATION: free but you must pre-register here
Workshop Flier

Join AHA for our FREE Brains and Bodies Workshop all about smart solutions to help schools win on wellness, and earn recognition through AHA’s Healthy Schools Awards in the process.

  • USDA Smart Snacks
    • Paula De Lucca, WCPSS Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Senior Director, will talk about USDA Smart Snacks options available for school celebrations and demonstrate how to use the Smart Snack calculator to find out what’s compliant and what’s not.
    • Taste test! Sample a Smart Snacks-compliant treat from CNS!
  • Active Transportation
    • Walking/biking to/at school provides students with daily opportunities to be active, and start their school day focused and ready to learn.
    • Learn why it matters, what resources are available, and how your school can win AHA’s Sneakers and Spokes Award  in the process.
  • Measuring Wellness & A Roadmap to Change
    • Hear about the Healthy Schools Program from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and how schools can use this FREE tool to assess wellness at their school and put action plans into place to win on wellness.
    • Schools in Wake County that meet criteria in 3 specific modules can earn AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award.
    • Incidentally, being Smart Snacks savvy and promoting walk/bike school will go a long way towards your school qualifying for this award!
    • Shauvon Simmons-Wright, the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program Manager for North Carolina, will join us to answer questions.

Past Workshop Resources

A number of presentations and handouts from past workshops are available as a reference for schools in Resources.

If you missed the Sept. 30, 2015 workshop about AHA’s School Awards, download this PPT presentation: Rewarding Healthy Schools.

Less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school each day is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership


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