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

Perspectives: Oxytocin and Designing Walkable Communities (October 2014)

Did you know that oxytocin—the hormone that makes us feel connected to others, safe and well—is released when we touch, look into each other’s eyes and most notably, when we exercise, outside, particularly in groups? I picked this up last month, along with so much other fantastic information, at More


Laying the Groundwork for Safe Routes to School at Laurel Park Elementary

Low-hanging fruit. That’s the goal for success in the new ongoing walking program at Laurel Park Elementary (LPE) in Apex, according to Amy Sackaroff, parent of a first and third grader at the school and an environmental planner. In the interest of getting students moving, LPE used the Oct. More


Growing AND Selling Produce at The Farmery

What if you could take shipping containers and grow produce on the walls inside them and then sell the produce right from in the shipping container, minimizing inventory loss and eliminating packing, shipping and storage expenses? Well, you could get really fresh, local food to people in a very More


Farm to Child Care in Wake County

It’s exciting to see Farm to Child Care (F2CC) grow from the assessment stage under AHA’s umbrella in 2013, to the fully funded stage now under the Wake County SmartStart (WCSS) umbrella, with a new round of funding by John Rex Endowment.  AHA and Wake County Cooperative Extension partner More


Perspectives: Ode to the School Lunch Ladies (Sept. 2014)

I recently visited the school kitchen at Timber Drive Elementary in Garner to learn more about how the school lunch system works in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). An incredible crew of women and the head of training for WCPSS Child Nutrition Services (CNS) graciously hosted me. More


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