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Perspectives (March 2018)

AHA Director Sara Merz

Here’s what we’re up to: Resilience & Safe Routes to School. There are a number of exciting updates! Here are just a few highlights related to ACEs Resilience work:

  • KPJR, the company that produced the documentary Resilience, is holding a live Twitter Town Hall Forum with Q&A on ACEs and resilience and has invited AHA to be a special guest talking about community. Follow the forum @DocResilience, and my comments @wakeAHA. Include #ResilienceReset and #BetheOne and #WakeACEs for real-time responses. AHA is honored to be invited and we appreciate the leadership and support of our entire community on this work.
  • If you have been unable to get to a Marbles IMAX screening of the film, there is a one-time opportunity to see the film online on April 3register here by today, Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 p.m.
  • You’ll be inspired to invite your colleagues and friends to see the film at the Marbles IMAX April 11 or one of the other upcoming dates; reserve tickets here.
  • Lynn Waymer, VP of Communications and Community Engagement for KPJR, is coming to Wake County to participate in our next ACEs Resilience Steering Committee meeting.

AHA honors that there are people and organizations that have been leading in prevention and direct service for years, and they have expertise to share with all of us – that’s why we hosted What’s Working in Wake County in December. The focus of the ACEs Resilience in Wake County initiative is to organize a community-led process, where everyone connecting into it determines what work they will do differently internally in their organization, and defines together what we can do collectively. It also builds capacity among providers, drawing on the expertise and skills of those in our community who have been doing this critical work.

Last week I was pleased to present at the NC Safe Routes to School Conference in Greensboro, and learned a lot too. Did you know:

  • Over half of annual “bike to school day” events lead to long-term policy/built environment changes
  • NC is #1 in bike to school day events in nation registered so far for this May!
  • Natural Learning Initiative Director Robin Moore presented. Do you know that NLI is internationally known for their expertise, and they’re based right here at NC State? What stood out to me:
    • We know that playing outside contributes to kids’ health, coping mechanisms, and to long-term executive functioning
    • Playing outside even improves children’s eyesight; and gives them a sense of freedom.
    • 58% of bike trips are made by kids under 16, but they are not surveyed when biking data is collected.

We’re working to fund the ACEs Resilience Initiative, continuing the ACEs Steering Committee meetings, doing follow up from our ninth successful Dig In event, and planning for the AHA Healthy School Awards Winners Tour in May, too. As always, thank you for your partnership.

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