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

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Policy change happens at the organizational, local (city/town and county), state and national levels.

In this section of our website, we outline what kinds of policies you can work on to make eating healthy and leading active lifestyles a reality in Wake County.

Here are ways you can make a difference:

  1. Learn about the issues of healthy food and physical activity access on AHA’s site
  2. Meet your elected officials
  3. Vote (register to vote) AND
  4. Advocate/Educate your organization on policies or practices it can enact

Background

Obesity is an epidemic in Wake County, our state and our nation. In order to for this epidemic to stabilize or decline, we have to make change.
 
People have to change their eating and activity behaviors, and our environment has to change to support those behavior changes. This environment change happens through policies, practices and systems change that make it easier to make the healthier choice.
 

Policy Change Recommendations

There are numerous organizations that recommend the kinds of changes that need to be made. AHA uses a number of recommendations as a blueprint for its work, including:
AHA also supports implementation of the recommendations of the 2012 House Select Committee on Childhood Obesity and the 2010 NC Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
 
Lastly, AHA works closely with the NC Alliance for Health, a statewide advocacy organization, where appropriate to help educate lawmakers on the impact that obesity plays in our state’s economic sustainability and the quality of life of its residents.
 

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