12th Annual Design Institute Registration Open

Click here to register and join us October 2-3 in Chapel Hill, NC!

Summer Heat Solution: Misting Station

Enjoy the outdoors on even the hottest days with a Misting Station and other Beat the Heat...

Edible Schoolyard, Greensboro Children's Museum

The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children's Museum is a "seed-to-table" educational facility offering gardening, cooking, and healthy nutrition...

Visit the Green Desk

Visit the virtual Green Desk and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with the Actual Green Desk...


Preventing Obesity by Design in the News

The Raleigh News and Observer reports on the NC Insitute of Medicine Preventing Obesity Task Force Summit, held March 19 in Raleigh, NC. Robin Moore represented NLI and the POD approach on the task force and A Safe Place, the POD-Wake site, is featured in this story.

Read the full story here.

Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) Research Article Published

Childcare Outdoor Renovation as a Built Environment Health Promotion Strategy: Evaluating the Preventing Obesity by Design Intervention. 

Published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (Vol. 28, No. 3) this article shows that site layout attributes are associated with higher levels of physical activity in the childcare setting, while teacher interaction is associated with a decreased level of physical activity in children. The full article is available here.


12th Annual Design Institute

Design for Nature Play and Learning

Join us at the 12th Annual Design Institute where we will focus on how to promote physical health and well being for children and families by providing opportunities to connect with nature through play. Evidence based design and management approaches to bring nature into children’s lives and increase their time outside will be explored at this event.  Read More

POD3 Western Regional Sympoisum

The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learningto early childhood professionals within and close to Buncombe and Haywood Counties.

We will explore ideas on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations and hands-on sessions.