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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

Local Governments as Health Champions

From 2014-2018, six Wake County municipalities were funded through the John Rex Endowment to focus on changing policies and environments that increase access to healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for families.

These local governments (Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh and Zebulon) examined their own contexts to incorporate health into their programs, services, master plans, and big and small policy decisions. Most of the investments for health will be sustained through the creation of new positions, redirecting capital funds, and adopting new policies. Municipal staff are doing business differently as a result.

Healthy Places by Design provided technical assistance and coaching, and also created a learning network of the municipal grantees and their partnerships with support from AHA. Learn more about this work from Healthy Places by Design and check out the Local Governments as Health Champions: Wake County Healthy Community Case Stories, created to lift up their dedication to healthy communities.  Representatives from Garner and Zebulon shared highlights at AHA’s Partnership Meeting last month; view the slides


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