The John Rex Endowment 2016 Progress Report is a glimpse of the foundation’s impact on the Wake County community over the past 15 years. This impact includes supporting the NLI's Preventing Obesity by Design in Wake County (POD Wake Co.) program. The purpose of POD Wake Co. is to address the obesity epidemic in young children attending childcare by creating a multidisciplinary intervention to transform childcare outdoor learning environments (OLEs) into active, productive best practice demonstration sites
The Natural Learning Initiative's Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco are presenting on Designing for the Next Generation of Planetary Lifeguards at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil on November 28, 2016.
Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center, participant of the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) project, along with instructors Carla Delcambre, PLA (Landscape Architecture), Julieta Sherk, PLA (Horticultural Sciences), and their students are the recipients of a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in the Public Service category. These awards recognize new contributions to the aesthetics, character, and environmental appearance of the City of Raleigh. The Public Service category is given to groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale to an environment within Raleigh.
POD South Carolina was launched in 2015 in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Now in the second year, the original five demonstration sites in Florence, SC were expanded in 2016 to include five additional sites in Spartanburg County.
The NC State University Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management has honored Robin Moore with the 2016 Annual Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession at the state, national, or international level.
LOCAL FOODS: Childcare Center Production Gardens is a series of resource publications released by the NC Cooperative Extension's Local Foods Program. The series was produced by NLI in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension and covers establishing a childcare garden, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables in both warm and cool seasons, and composting techniques.
The Advocates for Health in Action newsletter highlights the successes of the Farm to Childcare program in Wake County at Childcare Network #61, a POD-Wake Demonstration site. They've reduced the canned vegetables and fruit they use by more than half and saved money but using produce from Farm to Childcare and from the center gardens. Parents see the outdoor gardens as a selling point and the children gain hands on experience with the growing cycle.