Mission: The mission of the Poe Center for Health Education is to educate and empower North Carolina children, youth and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors.
Results: Since opening in Raleigh in 1991, the Poe Center has educated more than 850,000 participants from 76 counties using innovative teaching theaters, exhibits and offsite programs.
Target demographics: All North Carolina children, youth and their families
Programs: The center provides the state of nc with a curriculum which enhances the public school curriculum, compliments other community health resources and addresses the community's health education needs.
in an effort to increase healthy nutrition and physical activity with eligible individuals and those who receive supplemental nutrition assistance, the poe center provides education on healthy dietary habits and the importance of physical activity through direct education sessions, policies, systems and environmental changes, as well as social marketing initiatives.
in and effort to reduce substance use initiation and address risk factors, the substance abuse prevention programs provide evidence based programming that is ongoing for opportunity youth and one time programming for universal populations throughout wake county. Additionally, educational programming is offered to tobacco merchants.
We showed up unannounced at the door Friday afternoon out of curiosity, and were given a full-on tour of the place. What an amazing program. The enthusiasm of our 'tour guide' was contagious. By the time I left, I wanted to work there, or start my own center. They were lucky enough to have big money backing them, but none-the-less big money WELL-spent compared to where most goes. Thank you Poe Center for getting kids (including older 'kids') on a healthy track.