WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park

The world’s first health education playground:

Our 1.5-acre one-of-a-kind health education playground offers children the opportunity to learn about health experientially while having fun. Students are also able to enjoy an outdoor lunch under two covered picnic areas equipped with tables and trash cans. WakeMed is the lead sponsor of WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park at Poe and provides landscape maintenance as an in-kind donation. Some of the activities include:

  • Physical Activity Tree House – Kids climb the rib rise and nerve net, and slide through giant arteries.
  • Nutri-Climb – Climbing the nutrition wall, kids experience the “downfall” of too many wrong food choices.
  • In One Ear – Kids of all ages will dangle in the air as they fly from ear to ear.
  • Pulse Chimes – The playground comes alive with the sound of chimes as kids monitor their pulse.
  • Pedal Posts – Kids will be challenged to coordinate their hands and feet to show how heart and lungs, muscles and bones work together.
  • Shade Shelter Cap with Sunglasses and Tongue Slide – Kids will learn how easy it is to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Healthy Choices Maze – This a-MAZE-ing challenge, full of twists and turns, will teach kids the importance of healthy choices.

PlayWELL Park KaBOOM! Project:

On June 10, 2017, volunteers from the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education and MetLife Foundation will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. The project is in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. There are three upcoming opportunities to get involved.

Your help is needed to prepare for this exciting day!

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