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Six Wake County Municipalities Awarded Grants from John Rex Endowment to Improve Healthy Eating and Active Living for Children

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RALEIGH, N.C., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Rex Endowment announces six three-year grants totaling more than $1.25 million to help municipalities in Wake County create healthier environments for children by increasing access to healthy foods and active living opportunities. Municipalities that will receive grant support include Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh and Zebulon.

The grant initiatives will vary in each municipality based on local needs to address food and play deserts, bridge barriers and improve connectivity with safe paths for biking and walking, support grower's markets and grocery co-ops, improve signage and wayfinding, or implement other built environment changes that provide support to improve the health of children, families and communities in Wake County.

Active Living By Design (ALBD) will provide in-depth technical assistance throughout the grant period to all funded municipalities, and Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) will provide local expertise to support and connect the municipalities to existing community resources.

"Wake County's municipalities are central to building healthier environments," said Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. "These grant awards will support their work in community planning, improving and implementing policies, and making changes that fit their community needs and have a wide-scale impact on healthy eating and active living for children and families."

The John Rex Endowment's investments in healthy weight, injury prevention, positive mental health and nonprofit capacity building are focused on bringing lasting change to help shape a healthy environment for children and families in Wake County.

About the John Rex Endowment
The John Rex Endowment supports an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. Guided by the belief that all children should reach their full potential, the John Rex Endowment works with the community to support the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children. For more information, contact the Raleigh, N.C. office at 919-838-1110 or visit

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