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

School Health Advisory Council

 
Contact your local school to ask how you can get involved in the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).  SHAC serves as the primary health advisory board for the Wake County Public School System and submits recommendations to the superintendent and board members annually.
 
The goal of this council is to strengthen and expand instructional programs and support services for the eight components of a coordinated school health model:
  1. Health Education
  2. Physical Education
  3. Health Services
  4. Nutrition Services
  5. Counseling and Psychological Services
  6. Healthy School Environment
  7. Health Promotion for Staff
  8. Family/Community Involvement

History

The Wake County Public School System formed the School Health Advisory Council in 1990. SHAC was originally established to bridge partnerships between the Wake County Public School System, Wake County Board of Education, Wake County Commissioners, and the Wake County Health Department. The council serves as advisories to the Wake County Public School System’s Board of Education on topics relating to student health and well-being.
 
In 1992, SHAC adopted its official name and By-Laws, which are still in use today. SHAC is a stong AHA partner, and we work closely together to create healthier school environments here in Wake County focused on physical activity and healthy eating.
 
Since the induction of  North Carolina’s Healthy Active Children Policy in 2006 all school systems have been required to have a School Health Advisory Council. This demonstrates the proactive and truly visionary nature of Wake County’s SHAC, which originated 16 years earlier and continues to prosper today.
 

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.

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