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October 29
Wake Takes Next Step in Healthiest Capital County Initiative

Wake County and a dedicated group of community partners recently took another step toward achieving their goal of becoming the healthiest capital county in the nation. More than 100 citizens interested in the initiative met Thursday, Oct. 29, to listen to a nationally recognized speaker and then hold break-out sessions to define their roles and responsibilities in the effort.

"We've made strides to improve the health and well-being of Wake County over the years, and now, we want build on those positive changes," said Regina Petteway, Wake County Human Services Director and co-chair of the Healthiest Capital County Initiative steering committee. "By bringing the public together, we can capitalize on the strengths we all bring to the table and use the power of our collective impact to better our community."

The event was held in the lobby level of the Quorum Center, 154 N. Harrington St. in downtown Raleigh, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Speaker Robert Albright, an expert on collective impact, will address the following questions with the audience:

  • What are the most important success factors and challenges with collective impact?
  • How do we structure efforts to initiate action and sustain momentum in a community?
  • How do we incorporate the community's voice?

Following Albright's remarks, the participants will move into the break-out sessions.

The Healthiest Capital County Initiatives focuses on five priority areas:

  • Children in poverty
  • Adult obesity along with physical inactivity
  • The food environment
  • High school graduation
  • High-risk youth behaviors

The organizations partnering with Wake County on this initiative include Advocates for Health in Action, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Wake County Smart Start, YMCA of the Triangle and Youth Thrive.





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