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Archive for October, 2014

Food Day Wilmington celebrates affordable, healthy foods

Friday, October 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s National Food Day, and local organizations gathered at UNCW to celebrate.

Feast Down East, also known as the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program (SENCFS), organized the event on campus Friday. The purpose is to educate people on the fun and interactive ways to stay healthy. From a sustainable foods fair, educational workshops and even a kale eating contest, volunteers hope to bring awareness to healthy living and supporting local farmers.

“A lot of them have difficulties competing with a lot of the bigger companies. So what we do is try to connect them with communities through different freshmarkets … we work with different school systems in the area,” volunteer Justin Brantley said.

Brantley said buying locally allows people to support their own economy and said it’s important to provide the public with resources to make eating healthy easy.

“We try and bring access to resources into those communities so that people are able to get access to healthy foods without riding the bus all day to get around town,” Brantley said.

Volunteers also hope to this event impacts college students.

“A lot of them have a difficult time eating healthy foods regularly and this is common especially in a university setting so we’re trying to encourage university students especially to try and buy local and eat healthy foods,” Brantley said.

Many restaurants and businesses will be running Food Day specials, including 22 North, Brasserie du Soleil, Pine Valley Market, Tidal Creek Co-op, Bento Box, Dub’s Cafe, The German Cafe, and Surf House-Carolina Beach.

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Hundreds turn out for annual ‘Play for Pink’ golf tournament

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland turned into a sea of pink Friday for the annual Play for Pink Golf Tournament.

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Triathalon more than just a race for cancer survivor

Friday, October 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of athletes are expected to participate in Saturday’s Beach2Battleship Triathlon. But some of these athletes had to overcome much more before heading to the starting line.

Mary Kreis is planning on participating for the fifth time, but she never knew her life would get to this point.

When she was 34 years old, Kreis was a newlywed who wanted a tandem bicycle instead of a wedding. Not only did they get the bike, but Kreis and her husband got another surprise — news she was pregnant.

“We discovered I was pregnant and it was just amazing news — something unexpected and something life-changing. But there’s more life-changing news that occurred on the bike that summer,” Kreis said.

While pregnant, she found out she had cancer. With limited options, she underwent clinical trials. These trials saved both her and her daughter’s lives.

PPD holds this event to raise awareness about these success stories.

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New Hanover to hold countywide survey

Friday, October 24th, 2014

New Hanover County officials want to know how they’re doing. And they’re asking residents to tell them.

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Kids, adults participate in Special Olympics Fall Games

Friday, October 24th, 2014

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Kids and adults of all ages were having a ball at this year’s New Hanover County Special Olympics Fall Games.

The event, held at Legion Stadium on Carolina Beach Road, included all types of sports and games, including soccer, bocce ball, flag football and volleyball.

“It feels wonderful to be out here with a lot of people that I know and everything and just feel comfortable and wise you know,” one participant said.

After the sporting events, athletes celebrated the beautiful day with dancing, fun and encouragement.

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