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


NC Alliance for Healthy Membership Meeting @ American Heart Association
Oct 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
20th International Walk to School Day
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am


On October 5, students, families, school and community partners, and mayors around the country will bring light to safety concerns, celebrate the benefits of walking, and mark a special occasion – the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day in the USA.

Walk to School Day event registration is free and open to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States. Events that register on the Walk to School website,, will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area.

In Wake County

The first 2o schools in Wake County that register their event at and email (with Active Routes to School Region 5) will receive a banner, several yard signs and other materials for Walk to School Day. Schools may pick up these materials on Sept. 29 at AHA’s Smart Solutions for Schools workshop. Register here for this free workshop.


In 1997, Chicago’s Mayor Daley and Los Angeles’ Mayor Riordan walked with students to school. Since then, hundreds of mayors have hit the sidewalks in October. As a way to celebrate this event, the National Center is working with the US DOT’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets to encourage mayors nationwide to join the 20th Walk to School Day celebration.

Walk to School Day offers a unique opportunity for mayors to talk about their commitment to child and youth pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to discuss how to make their communities more walkable.

About the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program. The organization also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.

The National Center is part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.


Second Saturday
Oct 8 all-day

Visit Second Saturday Raleigh for complete schedule details

Urban Agriculture Day @ Historic Mordecai Gardens Visitor Center
Oct 8 @ 9:45 am – 12:15 pm

It’s Urban Agriculture Day in Raleigh!  Saturday, October 8th at the Historic Mordecai Gardens Visitor Center at 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh!

Come and learn about innovative urban agriculture projects that won mini-grants from the City of Raleigh’s Environmental Advisory Board and how to apply for your own grant.  Take a tour of the beautiful and historic Mordecai Gardens. Hear from Steve Cohen, the Manager of Food Policy and Programs City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, talk about his city’s exciting urban agriculture programs.

This is a free event, but seating is limited. Please sign up to reserve a seat for any of these activities.

This event is sponsored by the City of Oaks Foundation, and donations to support the event are accepted. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Webinar: “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities”
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by America Walks

Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. Learn about some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that provide unique opportunities to promote walking and walkability in rural communities.

National School & School Bus Safety Week
Oct 16 – Oct 22 all-day
Youth Thrive’s Call to Action @ The Friday Institute
Oct 17 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

After launching The Strategic Planning Blueprint and hosting a successful #WakeReady event, their vision to increase the graduation rate and promote access to college in Wake County is ready for some more action. With a focus on emotional well-being and educational success, Youth Thrive is now rallying the community again to move new plans forward!

Ready to be a part of this Action? Save the Date and share with friends!

NCIOM 2016 Annual Meeting
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This year’s Annual Meeting will focus on economic development for a healthier North Carolina. Topics will include health care as an economic engine, local development for improving community health and individual care as it relates to community health.

Registration is now open!

We are also currently accepting nominations for the NCIOM annual Award of Excellence in Health Policy Leadership. Submit nominations here.

Second Saturday
Nov 12 all-day

Visit Second Saturday Raleigh for complete schedule details

AHA Quarterly Partnership Meeting
Dec 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

AHA partners, members and volunteers are invited to reconnect, network and share resources! Topic and location TBD…in the meantime, save the date!

AHA Updates
AHA Welcomes 4 New Board Members
September 22, 2016 [Thursday]

Moving Wake County Forward with Transit
September 13, 2016 [Tuesday]

AHA Partners as Storytellers
September 12, 2016 [Monday]

Celebrate 20 Years of Walk to School Day on October 5
September 6, 2016 [Tuesday]

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