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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 Awards

brains and bodies award logoCongratulations to 2015/2016 Award Winners!

Brains and Bodies Award: Gold

  • Brentwood Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Davis Drive Elementary (Cary)
  • Penny Road Elementary  (Cary)
  • Sanford Creek Elementary (Rolesville)
  • Wendell Elementary (Wendell)

Brains and Bodies Award: Bronze

  • Hunter Elementary (Raleigh)
  • Laurel Park Elementary (Cary)
  • Powell Elementary (Raleigh)

Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) School Board Chair Tom Benton and Supt. James Merrill presented the awards and celebrated the winning schools’ accomplishments.  The AHA Brains and Bodies Award and the Sneakers and Spokes Award are the only awards in Wake County that recognize healthy schools.

The AHA Brains and Bodies Award recognizes schools across the county that are creating  a culture of wellness in an ongoing and sustainable way. Utilizing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s  Healthy Schools Program, schools complete the following 3 assessment modules and an Action Plan for each to be eligible for AHA’s award:

  • School Health & Safety Policies & Environment
  • Physical Education & Other Physical Activity Programs
  • Health Promotion for Staff

Awards are earned based on meeting national best practice standards. Schools also may choose to complete all the modules to seek the Alliance’s national recognition.

2016-2017 Award

Schools may begin their assessment at any time (or schools that have applied in the past, may continue to work on their Action Plan to move wellness efforts forward.)

  • Who can apply? Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County
  • Deadline: April 6, 2017, 9 pm
  • Award Ceremony: May 2017
  • Free Workshop about Applying: Sept 29, 2016
  • How to Apply:
  1. Register/log in here, search for your school (or add it if needed) and add yourself as a “Team Member”
  2. Invite AHA to be a “Team Member” by entering this name: Michele McKinley and this email address:
    brainsandbodiesaward@advocatesforhealthinaction.org
    Note: If you do not do this step, AHA has no way of knowing that your school is applying for our award. This is a crucial step.
  3. Complete the assessment for the 3 modules noted above and add items to the Action Plan if prompted to do so. You may update your answers multiple times over the course of the school year. The application is final as of the 2016 deadline for consideration of AHA’s award.
Congratulations to all the 2015 Brains and Bodies Award and Wellness Star winners!

Congratulations to all the 2015 Brains and Bodies Award and Wellness Star winners!

Award Winners

Other AHA Recognition for Schools

Brains and Bodies Workshops

AHA has held a number of workshops in the past to provide knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce the local wellness policy at little or no cost. Workshops provide practical tools and solutions and a way for parents and educators to connect.
Utilize these resources from past workshops.

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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