EDCI runs a number of health-focused programs throughout the year, which offer nutrition education, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cooking demonstrations, among other benefits. Over the summer months, EDCI teams up with PORCH Durham to provide attendees at EDCI Summer Lunch with food bags from the Backpack Buddies program -- which supplies families with non-perishable foods for weekend meals when free and reduced meals at schools are unavailable.
Collaborating with the Durham Department of Public Health, EDCI invites DINE for Life -- a program that teaches about healthy foods and offers cooking demonstrations and taste-testing for students -- to programming and the EDCI LEAP Academy Preschool. Farmer Foodshare also engages with the Youth Leadership Council, running Mobile Markets that provide families with bags of local fruits and vegetables.
EDCI creates opportunities for children and families in the EDCI Zone to play, get active, and engage in physical education activities through the following: maintenance of the Healthy Mile Trail, walking groups, community exercise classes (e.g. Zumba, Bull City Fit, yoga), maintenance of the Cherry Hill playground, play groups, sports teams, and safe routes to school and school events.