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Our Programs

Through interactive programs developed by experts, participants learn about healthy eating patterns and active lifestyles. Programs are taught in our one-of-a-kind teaching theater, garden, or kitchen. Visitors may also enjoy the world’s first health education playground, WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park.

As a proud recipient of the SNAP-Ed grant, the Poe Center is able to provide intensive nutrition and physical activity programming to many low-income populations in North Carolina.
General Health

General Health

Programs focus on the major body systems, communicable diseases, and general safety. Interactive activities and exhibits help participants learn to make healthy choices to keep their bodies safe. learn more

Dental Health

Dental Health

Programs focus on oral hygiene and the science of tooth decay. The Poe Center’s giant brushable mouth and traveling talking tooth make learning fun and impactful. learn more

Nutrition & Physical Activity

Nutrition & Physical Activity

A giant magnetic MyPlate, interactive food label, and engaging activities help participants learn about healthy eating patterns and active lifestyles. learn more

Family Life

Family Life

Participants learn about adolescent growth and development, healthy relationships, and reproductive health. learn more

Substance Use Prevention

Substance Use Prevention

Programs focus on positive relationships and healthy habits as preventative strategies while examining the science of addiction and the impact of substance use on the body. learn more

Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

Participants learn that bullying is a serious issue not to be tolerated as a normal part of childhood. Interactive and age-appropriate activities help participants to make a positive impact against bullying in their schools and communities. learn more

CookWELL Kitchen

CookWELL Kitchen

The CookWELL Kitchen is a unique teaching space designed to encourage healthy food choices, preferences, and attitudes by teaching skills to create nutritious and delicious dishes. learn more

GrowWELL Garden

GrowWELL Garden

The GrowWELL Garden is an interactive outdoor classroom where participants make meaningful connections between nutrition and growing fruits and vegetables. Activities explore plant and soil science and maintaining a
seasonal edible garden. learn more

Cranium Connection

Cranium Connection

Poe’s giant head houses a 4-D video presentation that explores the wonders of the brain. learn more

PlayWELL Park

PlayWELL Park

The Poe Center’s one-of-a-kind nutrition and body-system themed playground makes learning active. learn more

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

In conjunction with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, the Poe Center offers a number of educational programs designed especially for Girl Scouts of all age ranges. learn more

For Adults

For Adults

Adult programs explore current research and trends which empower parents, caregivers, and those who work with youth to be healthy role models. learn more





In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed disability, age,political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.),should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form,  (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or  write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requestedin the form. To request a  copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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