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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

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 (WCPSS) 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 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Model.
  1. Health Education
  2. Nutrition Environment and Services
  3. Employee Wellness
  4. Social and Emotional School Climate
  5. Physical Environment
  6. Health Services
  7. Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  8. Community Involvement
  9. Family Engagement
  10. Physical Education and Physical Activity


The WCPSS formed the SHAC 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 WCPSS’ 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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