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

Sneakers and Spokes Award

AHA recognizes and rewards schools that excel in walk/bike to/at school  activities with the AHA Sneakers and Spokes Award (formerly Wellness Star). Walking/biking to school helps children and adolescents reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Plus, research shows that active children learn better and have fewer discipline issues at school.

While AHA encourages schools to host Walk to School and Bike to School Day events, this award is reserved for schools with outstanding and ongoing walking and/or biking programs in which students are physically active getting to school on a regular basis. (AHA also considers “at school” programs for this award.)

2017-2018 Application

Past Award Winners

2017 Award Winners
2016 Award Winners
2015 School Award Winners
2014 Award Winners

Other AHA Recognition for Schools

NOTE:  The Sneakers and Spokes Award is independent of the AHA Brains and Bodies Award. Schools may be awarded the Sneakers and Spokes Award even if they do not apply for the Brains and Bodies Award or if they do not win a Brains and Bodies Award.

Walk/Bike to School Planning Resources

The Safe Routes to School in Wake County Toolkit is an excellent resource for schools that want to start or grow their walking/biking to/at school programs. The Toolkit pulls together the best nationally available resources as well as local information and is divided into sections that make it easy to use.

Less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school each day is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership


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