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

Concerned about Snacks and Vending Machines at School?

  The recent USDA changes for school meals do not include snacks or other “competitive foods” as they are called. This Washington Post article highlights the problem of unhealthy foods widely available at schools outside of the lunch program.  In Wake County, more than 43 percent of children aged 5-11 in  are overweight or obese, More


New School Meal Standards: How Does Wake County Measure Up?

On Jan. 25, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled new standards for school meals for healthier meals at schools across the nation—the first changes in more than 15 years. They are designed to improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every More


WakeMed’s Energize!: Changing Habits

“We were talking about making good food choices and portion control, but it just wasn’t sinking in,” said Yuri Brown, Essence Lee’s foster mother. Then Brown contacted WakeMed’s Energize! program last spring, and she set in motion what became a major lifestyle change for this Fuquay-Varina teenager. As a result More


Healthy Living at Child Care Center: Bright Beginnings

  At Bright Beginnings Child Development Center in Cary, director and co-owner Shirley Herndon puts a heavy focus on nutrition for the children in seven preschool classes at the child care center, along with the 5 to 14-year-olds participating in before- and after-school care, and track-out and summer camps. More


Winter “Staycation”: Six Things to Do in Wake County This Winter

True winter weather simply hasn’t hit the Triangle yet this year, but it may still happen! In the absence of snow and lots of exercise sleddding and cross country skiing, AHA offers these ideas for kids tracked out or anyone looking to fill their weekends with fun activities. If you More


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