OLE Toolkit

What is the Healthy Kids Collaborative?

Healthy Kids Collaborative (HKC) is a two-county initiative with the mission to reduce the obesity rate of children in Nash and Edgecombe counties. HKC Community partners  have the opportunity to impact policies and practices that increase access to healthy food and outdoor resources for physical activity. Volunteers may participate in the quarterly Healthy Kids Collaborative meetings and/or on one of the five following subgroups:

  •  Elementary Environments
  • Community Engagement
  • Child Care
  • Healthcare Network
  • F.I.T. (Families Involved Together, a skill building parent group to break down barriers and advocate for healthy children)


Places to Grow & Play Map

Download your copy of the go-to guide for places to play in the twin counties below or come see us for a printed copy:

Places to Grow & Play (front)        

Places to Grow & Play (back)

Places to Grow & Play – Spanish (front)

Places to Grow & Play – Spanish (Back)

Outdoor Learning Environments/Places to Play

The Healthy Kids Collaborative (HKC) is committed to reducing childhood obesity by improving access to outdoor learning environments.

Find out where the Outdoor Learning Environments are and how they are used by taking the virtual tours below:

DEPC outdoor learning environments come to life!

GW Bulluck Elementary Virtual Tour
Coker-Wimberly Elementary Virtual Tour
Carver Elementary Virtual Tour
Baskerville Elementary Virtual Tour
Williford Elementary Virtual Tour

KBR logo

Launched in 2015 in the Twin Counties, Healthy Places NC is the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s signature program to improve the health and overall quality of life for people in rural North Carolina. For more information visit,


Click below to check out some of our collaborative partners responsible for bringing more awareness to healthy lifestyles for children!

Natural Learning Initiative 

Be Active Kids

Reach Out and Read

Six medical providers in Edgecombe and Nash Counties prescribe books during well-child visits to promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families. In Edgecombe County – OIC Fairview, Vidant Multi-Specialty Clinic(Tarboro), Edgecombe County Health Department. In Nash County – OIC Happy Hills, Wee Care Pediatrics, Nash County Health Department


For more information on how you can be involved with the Healthy Kids Collaborative, contact:

Sydney Phillips, Healthy Kids Coordinator, (252) 985-4300 ext. 238

Maggie Latta, Healthy Kids Specialist, (252) 985-4300 ext. 235