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Partner Profile: Wake County SmartStart

Little Hands, Big Gardening Goals We all know kids love to play in the dirt. So why not turn that love for digging in the dirt into a learning experience too? Thanks to the efforts of AHA partner Wake County Smart Start (WCSS), 16 local child care facilities across Wake More


Cary Girl Scouts Fight Hunger One Tomato Plant at a Time

Thanks to Junior Girl Scout Troop 1196 in Cary, a whole bunch of tomato plants have new homes, complete with instructions for how to grow them and then donate some of the tomatoes to those who don’t have access to fresh foods! It’s all part of the girls’ “Plant More


Wake County Cooperative Extension:

In today’s modern world, not everyone knows what Cooperative Extension is and what that means here in Wake County. Carol Mitchell, a registered dietitian with NC Cooperative Extension, an AHA partner, explains. “Extension’s mission is essentially to educate and empower citizens and help them find solutions to improve their lives,” More


The Backyard Tomato That Gives Back

Thanks to guest bloggers Abbey Piner, Nutrition Coordinator, and Amanda Soltes, Wake Co. Gardens Coordinator, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, for this article.   It’s been a while since I bought a tomato, but the warmer temperatures have me craving homemade guacamole. I anticipated having to spend a few more dollars than More


Kids in Training: Creating a Community of Fit Families

When mom Maylene Jackson and several friends organized a triathalon for their kids in August 2003, Kids in Training (KIT) was born. Today this Cary-based nonprofit organization, an AHA partner, continues to organize races and events to get kids and their families moving, but KIT is about so much More


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