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    Sneaky Summer Exercises for Kids (and Parents)!

    Posted on May 4, 2015 by in Blog

    by Lillian MacNell The weather is getting warmer (finally!) and the end of school is right around the corner. It’s a great time to get outdoors and get moving. Summer can also be a time when parents are used to hearing the dreaded “I’m bored!” from kids. At the same time, it can be hard to […]

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    Something Old, Something New – The Proposed New Dietary Guidelines

    Posted on April 20, 2015 by in Blog

    by Cassandra Johnson Every five years, the government releases a new version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a policy document that provides advice for what the US population 2 years and older should be eating for health.  A panel of experts outlines the recommendations based on research findings […]

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    Welcome, Zandra!

    Posted on April 3, 2015 by in Blog

    Voices into Action is happy to announce that Zandra Alford has recently joined our team as the Harnett and Lee Outreach Coordinator.  For those of you working in Harnett or Lee Counties, she is your contact person for mini-grants and other outreach efforts.  Welcome, Zandra! Zandra studied Public Health at the University of Arizona in […]

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    What’s in a number?

    Posted on March 31, 2015 by in Blog, Research

    by Sinikka Elliott The BMI (which stands for Body Mass Index) is a commonly used number these days. But what does it measure? What information does it provide? The BMI is a measure of the ratio of weight to height. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in […]

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    In Praise of Ugly Fruits and Veggies

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by in Blog

    by Dara Bloom At this point, you’re probably so used to shopping in a supermarket that you’ve never noticed that there’s something a little funny with the fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle. Row upon row of apples that are the same size, shape, and color, alongside perfect cucumbers and unblemished tomatoes… it’s a […]

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    Early Spring Gardening: What to Plant in March and April

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by in Blog

    by Mari Kate Mycek It might seem odd to think about gardening during these cold and wintry days but the growing season is right around the corner!  Gardens can be a lot of hard work, especially if you don’t have the necessary information needed to make your plants thrive.  Many plants can be started from […]

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    The Bold Invitation Your Community Deserves

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by in Blog

    by Susan Jakes Work in communities often begins  with one person’s or a small group’s inspiration  – it could be from concern over some unmet need in the community, inspiration from what others are doing, or an idea of what could be. When these ideas come to individuals or small groups, the leaders must set […]

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  • VIA Receives Opal Mann Green Engagement Award

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by in Blog

    by Josephine McKelvy The Voices into Action (VIA) team is excited to announce that we have been selected to receive the fifth annual Opal Mann Green Engagement & Scholarship Award for excellence in collaborative and participatory research at N.C. State University! Whether it’s research with families or outreach with communities, the VIA team has been in […]

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    Make Valentine’s Day Healthy and Happy

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by in Blog

    by Lorelei Jones When you think about a special Valentine’s Day celebration, what comes to your mind first?  Was it the chocolate or the dinner?  Probably not.  It was more likely a sweet message from a dear friend or family member, a simple note, a kind gesture, or a fond memory of time spent together. […]

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    I heart you.

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by in Blog

    by Debbie Stephenson Go into any grocery store or drug store today and you will find aisles of Valentine’s candy.  You will find everyday candy in red, white, or pink wrappers.  You will see candy shaped like hearts or lips, candy on a stick, candy with writing on it, marshmallow candy, gluten free candy, sugar […]

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