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John Rex Endowment: Wake County Healthy Community Grant

slide5pic2John Rex Endowment initiated the Wake County Healthy Community Grant program to improve policies and implement changes to the built environment that increase children’s access to healthy foods and active living opportunities in Wake County municipalities.


  • Conducted a formative assessment, through key stakeholder interviews and focus groups, to identify factors impacting healthy eating and active living in Wake County children.
  • Created healthy weight goals, strategies, and program design that align with the John Rex Endowment’s mission and five-year plan.
  • Currently implementing new grant program and providing technical assistance.

slide5pic1Funding Partner: John Rex Endowment

Engagement: 2013–2017

Services Provided:

  • Strategic planning
  • Grant program design
  • Tool and resource sharing
  • Coaching and technical assistance
  • Assessment and evaluation

“We’re tapping the expertise of Active Living By Design for work with municipalities to increase children’s access to healthy foods and active living. Their local and national accomplishments in community-led change is key in our collaborative, community-based initiative, Wake County Healthy Community Grants.”
Kevin Cain, President and CEO
John Rex Endowment