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Perspectives: March 2013

Sheree Vodicka, AHA Director

Sheree Vodicka, AHA Director

We are just on the heels of hosting our fourth Dig In! event, and I am inspired! What amazed me most was to see more than 225 people gathered together on a Saturday morning to learn about how we can grow more of our own food in this county of nearly 1 million that is losing farm land and increasingly becoming more urban. That’s inspirational!

What else inspired me?

  • The number of child care center staff and teachers who participated to learn about how gardens can make a difference in children’s health—and their love for food!
  • The number of and varied interests of the people who sat in on our Edible Cityscapes track to learn about zoning and how urban ag and community gardens can play a role in not only beautifying in Wake County, but feeding Wake County!
  • Natural Learning Initiative Director Robin Moore’s opening session remarks that provided a world view, national view and our local view and his magical idea: what about a community garden/urban farm on Dix Hill?

And that is just the kind of idea and inspiration for action we hope comes out of Dig In! So thank you to all who joined us, and many thanks to our volunteers, all our speakers, experts in the booths, and our wonderful sponsors WakeMed, Marbles Kids Museum, and Whole Foods Market. Please join us in making this vision of having affordable, healthy food accessible to all in our community.

In other news, here are a couple of other updates. AHA is very proud to announce that we will be a partner with the YMCA of the Triangle in a new effort rolling out in our community under a federal grant called REACH, which stands for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. AHA is honored to serve as the Community Coach for this effort. The reason AHA can do this is the strength of our existing collaborative – in other words, all of you! In the coming weeks and months, we will learn more about this, so stay tuned.

On April 12 AHA will award its 2012-2013 Brains and Bodies Awards to schools that have made wellness a part of their day-in, day-out culture (or are working toward that). We will be presenting the awards in the Wake County Public School’s board chambers with Dr. Stephen Gainey, WCPSS Superintendent, presiding. We are looking forward to sharing some of our schools’ successes with you in their efforts to make wellness a priority for the students, faculty and staff.

We have moved our Quarterly Meeting to April 17 from 8:30 to 11:30. We will let you know where that will be once we have nailed down our location. Be sure to join us. We are going to have a few special guests who will share how many of our partner agencies can take advantage of summer feeding program funding to provide meals to needy children. In addition, we’ll give an update on some efforts AHA is involved in around Safe Routes to School.

See you then, and Happy Spring!

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