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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – August 8, 2017 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that the College has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University. The grant will be used to support design implementation and purchase of plants and tools to work collaboratively with the NLI to develop and implement a Preventing Obesity by Design (POD4) demonstration outdoor learning environment at the FTCC Early Childhood Education Center.

Building on the direct design intervention, teacher teaching, reach extension, and research results from earlier POD projects, POD4 will address the need for resources and systematic training opportunities to satisfy the needs of instructors and other professionals embarking on creating  a healthy outdoor environment for young children. The POD program will transfer knowledge about participatory design processes and tools to improve childcare outdoor learning environments with the objective of supporting healthy active lifestyles and learning in nature for young children.

More information about the Preventing Obesity by Design initiative can be found at the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University at or 919.515.8345.

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