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Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K Run/Walk @ INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us on March 17, 2018, for the second annual Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program! We welcome everyone of every age! Run, walk, or even gallop to help people in our community! 

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle. We believe hunger is fixable if the community works together to do two things: create sources of healthy food in every low-income neighborhood and grow opportunities for people to provide for themselves by learning job skills or growing their own food.

This year the Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K will benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program, which supports high need schools in Wake and Durham counties as they build school gardens and work to incorporate garden based learning into the school day!

Through the Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program, children at partner schools have access to gardening and basic food prep instruction during the school day and after school enrichment programs that get them excited about agriculture, eating healthy, and growing fresh produce. By integrating the urban agriculture programming into school communities, the Food Shuttle can impact hundreds of children at once (not to mention parents, teachers and administration) as they work with school staff to strengthen the self-sufficiency skills of students, increase their consumption of fresh produce, and help improve food literacy.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Growing School Gardens program to help provide new resources to schools in our community!

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Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K Run/Walk @ Dorothea Dix Park
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Want to help bring gardens to Wake County elementary schools? Join Broughton Food Ark youth on March 17, 2018, for the second annual Garden Gallop 5K to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program! We welcome everyone of every age. Run, walk, or even gallop to help high need schools start thriving gardens and teach kids about the power of healthy eating.

– Where? Dorothea Dix Park
– When? March, 17th at 8am

– To register, donate, or volunteer go to the Garden Gallop facebook page or

Ready, Garden, Grow: Introduction to Vegetable Gardening @ North Regional Library
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A 3 hour class for beginning gardeners on the basics of starting a vegetable garden.

Topics include: planning, planting and care; managing common problems; and harvesting your vegetables. A gardening book will be for sale to those interested at the end of class.NC

Taught by North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers


Kaleidoscope Connections: Safety and Security/Strong Relationships @ SAFEchild
Mar 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Host: Jennifer Tisdale, Director of Project CATCH at The Salvation Army of Wake County

Co-Host: Cristin DeRonja, Executive Director, SAFEchild


For more information and to sign up, click here.


What is The Kaleidoscope Project?

The Kaleidoscope Project is a community initiative that generates attention to and action around the critically important role healthy places and people play in the social emotional development of children and families. Kaleidoscope works collaboratively to enhance the location and impact of places kids go to make them places kids grow.

Positive mental health influences children’s ability to learn, make sound decisions, and behave in positive and healthy ways. And children with high levels of social emotional well-being are able to form connections with other people, better regulate their emotions, and develop positive coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of adversity.

Young children’s social emotional development (ages 0 – 8) takes place within the caregiving environment around them, including both the social and physical environment.  When we pay attention to certain best practices, we can create spaces where children thrive. Many things work, both big and small. Do one thing; do many things; it all matters.

Capital Area Food Network Community Gathering @ Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

You are invited to an evening of food, connection, and action with Capital Area Food Network! Join us at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC for:

  • Light dinner & drinks by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Chef Kevin O’Connell & Catering With a Cause
  • The introduction of Wake County’s new Food Security Program Manager, Sydney Klein
  • NEW & EXCITING ACTIVITY UPDATES in the Wake Food Security Plan and CAFN Circles

Come ready to meet other passionate hunger fighters, amplify your voice about priorities for local food, and learn how to get involved in your community. Reserve your seat today!

Invite your family and friends and learn about how you can fight hunger and support local food in Wake County!


Register Here

Safe Routes to School Conference @ Koury Convention Center
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Save the Date!

Safe Routes to School Conference: Building a Path to the Future


8 am registration, networking & breakfast with formal program starting at 9 am


You are invited to be part of the NC Safe Routes to School Conference. Hear inspiring success stories and leave with new ideas to amplify and sustain your own work. Sessions will feature: school, community and state action including Active Routes to School Project successes; collaboration with other transportation and health priorities; and the process for changing the physical environment for walking and biking.

Together, we’re building a path to the future.

Registration is $35 and will open in early 2018.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided. APA credits may be available for attendees.
Sign up to be notified when registration opens.


Sponsored by:

 The North Carolina Department of Transportation
For questions, please contact

Safe Routes to School Webinar: Policy: One Step on the Path to Walkable, Healthy Food Access
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Policy: One Step on the Path to Walkable, Healthy Food Access
March 22, 2018 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET


In too many neighborhoods, local stores carry no fresh produce or other healthy options, but getting to healthy foods is dangerous and inconvenient due to unsafe walking conditions and lack of access to public transit or private vehicles.

Almost 20 percent of people in the United States experience significant transportation barriers to accessing healthy foods. Cities, towns, and counties have a variety of policies and strategies available to help overcome those transportation barriers by promoting walkable, bikeable, transit-accessible food access. This webinar will share policies and strategies that take into consideration the route, travel mode, and the destination to improve safe, convenient, active transportation to healthy food options, a concept known as Safe Routes to Healthy Food. The webinar will feature communities sharing the policies and plans they have put into place to create or strengthen the transportation connections between neighborhoods and grocery stores.


  • Mike Zelek, Division Director, Health Promotion and Policy, Chatham County Public Health Department
  • Barb Mee, Transportation Planner, City of Asheville, NC
  • Marisa Jones, Healthy Communities Senior Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

To register for this free webinar, click on this link:

An Upstream Approach to Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Webinar
Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Webinar: An Upstream Approach to Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences on Apr 5, 2018 11:00 AM EDT at:

Recognizing the deep and lasting negative impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences can have on life-time well-being, Educate Tomorrow’s Parents (ETP) has pioneered an upstream approach to preventing ACEs. ETP has developed an innovative high school curriculum that empowers teens to make healthier choices today, facilitating stronger beginnings for future children and families. The program also equips teens to break intergenerational cycles of abuse, poverty, and neglect. After 10 years of successful implementation and instructing over 7,000 teens, ETP is eager to share their methods, findings, and hopes for the future.

During this webinar, you will
• Learn about ETP’s program and how it fills a critical gap in preventing ACEs – an overview of the program design and topics
• Find out about their remarkable successes in implementing the program and responses from teens and schools
• Hear about their plans for the future and ways they can help other agencies and instructors implement their program

About our presenters:

Randi Rubenstein, MSPH is the founder and Executive Director of Educate Tomorrow’s Parents (ETP). She founded ETP in 2008 to create a proactive approach to preventing child maltreatment — educating teens before they form future families. Drawing upon her prior experience as a health researcher and foster parent, she developed the school-based curriculum Healthy Foundations for Future Families and authored the student workbook My Life-Plan for Parenting.

Lisheema Barr is Lead Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator at Educate Tomorrow’s Parents. In this position, Lisheema oversees implementation of ETP’s programs, trains instructors, and assists with curriculum development. She is an experienced educator, having received awards for her work with at-risk populations during her time as a science teacher with Teach for America.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Nurturing the Brain: Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood Train the Trainer Retreat @ Marbles Kids Museum
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm

NCAEYC and Encouraging Connections present:
Nurturing the Brain: Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood
a Train-the-Trainer Retreat for Experienced/Established Professionals in Early Care and Education
Receive 10 Contact Hour Credits

Two Retreat Options. Spaces are limited—Register today for the date/location that’s best for you:
Sea Trail Resort, Sunset Beach, NC  •  March 27–28, 2018
Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, NC  •  April 9–10, 2018

Presenters Dr. Betty Rintoul and Lorie Barnes


Learn more here

“Resilience” Community Film Screening @ Marbles Kids Museum
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and Marbles Kids Museum are partnering to present community screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a 60-minute documentary.

Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets here.

About the Film
Directed by James Redford, this film is about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education, and building resilience to ACEs.

Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socio-economic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

Screening Dates:
2nd Wed of the month 8:30-9:30 am through June
Feb 9, 2pm, 3:15 pm

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AHA Updates
NCIOM Introduces Interactive Health Data Map
January 15, 2018 [Monday]

Free Workshop: Smart Solutions for Schools
September 12, 2017 [Tuesday]

Bike/Ped Planning Project Grants
September 12, 2017 [Tuesday]

Community Walkability Workshop
August 7, 2017 [Monday]

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