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8th Annual Dig In! @ Marbles Kids Museum
Mar 4 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
In addition to workshops, Dig In features interactive booths hosted by a variety of community partners and gardening experts to continue the learning.

In addition to workshops, Dig In features interactive booths hosted by a variety of community partners and gardening experts to continue the learning.

AHA will host its 8th Annual Dig In!, all about starting and maintaining community, school and child care gardens, along with weaving urban agriculture into the fabric of our communities. Edible gardens and urban ag provide increased access to healthy foods for all.

We look forward to partnering again with Marbles Kids Museum to provide this opportunity for education and networking in Wake County!

Register now!
Early Bird rate: $15 (through Jan 31)
Regular rate: $25


Webinar Series: The Right to Walk
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Series 1: Walkable Communities in the 21st Century

The walking movement is growing and so is the definition of what is incorporated in walkability. Explore the power and possibility of walking and walkability as we look at Walkable Communities in the 21st Century.

The Right to Walk (March 8) – Register Here!

Webinar Series: Planners4Health What We Measure Matters
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The second webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the importance of measurement in building healthy communities. Participants will learn about different data sources traditionally used in the public health and planning fields while discussing the challenges of working with data and the opportunities it can afford. An important component of this session is identifying emerging metrics for healthy communities and the way that these metrics incorporate equity. Participants will also explore broader notions of evidence, including experiential and contextual evidence, and cross-sector approaches. The Indianapolis, IN Plan4Health coalition will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

Webinar: Curbing Unhealthy Food & Beverage Marketing for Students
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From sugary drink ads on vending machines to fast food logos on stadium scoreboards, promotions for unhealthy foods are common in US schools. They encourage students and staff to make unhealthy choices and compromise the educational mission of schools.

In July 2016, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its final rule strengthening requirements for local school wellness policies. For the first time, the USDA now limits unhealthy food and beverage marketing in schools, allowing in-school promotions only for foods and beverages that meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

Join our webinar to learn how the USDA’s final rule affects food and beverage marketing in schools. Presenters will provide practical tips for school districts on how to remove unhealthy marketing and handle challenges that arise as they work to comply with the new requirements.

Every Child: Healthy Schools and Successful Students @ NCPTA Headquarters
Mar 13 all-day

An interactive and collaborative meeting for health and wellness chairs, advocacy chairs, and PTA officers. We’ll dig deep into our Health and Wellness Advocacy Priorities at NCPTA headquarters and develop our vision of what a healthy and successful school looks like in 2020.

We have assistance available for travel costs for those coming from outside of the Triangle area! Registration opens soon, and you can email Marianne with any questions!

Growing IN Place Symposium: Urban Nature by Design @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Nature Research Center
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hosted by Natural Learning Initiative, the Growing IN Place tenth annual symposium aims to achieve environmental literacy through the design, restoration, management, and maintenance of children and youth play, as well as learning opportunities in urban green infrastructure. Parks and Recreation staff, city planners, advocates and elected officials are all encouraged to attend! Click here for more information, topics and speakers.


AHA School Awards Deadline
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm – 9:00 pm

AHA Brains and Bodies Awards and AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award applications are due today, 9 pm

AHA Quarterly Partnership Meeting @ YMCA of the Triangle
Apr 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Save the Date! Details coming soon!

Webinar Series: Exploring the Outdoors – Partners in Outdoor Spaces
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Series 2: The Great Outdoors

The benefits of walking outdoors and engaging with nature are well-documented. How do we create environments and communities that offer the opportunity to be physically active outside? What possibilities does this work offer to engage new partners, expand our thinking and explore new areas of walkability.

Exploring the Outdoors: Partners in Outdoor Spaces (April 12) –  Register Here! 

Webinar Series: Planners4Health Applying an Equity Lens
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The third webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series takes a deep dive into equity, a theme that flows through the entire webinar series. Participants will learn about the differences between equality and equity, and the role equity plays in building healthy communities. Applying an equity lens to all aspects of a project is key, with special attention paid to the coalition building process. Participants will also learn about how to mitigate the unintended consequences of displacement and gentrification. The Ajo, AZ Plan4Health coalition will share success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

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