About Healthi Kids

Healthi Kids is a community-based coalition advocating for five policy and practice changes:




Eliminating the availability of school foods that compete with the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, and mandating the development and execution of nutritional standards so all food available on school campuses is consistent with a set of community standards.


Improving the safety of, and access to, recreational facilities, bike trails, parks, and green spaces, while expanding after-hour access to schools and promoting safe play.



Developing and implementing nutrition standards for pre-schools, childcare centers, and school-age childcare programs so that food and drinks comply with Dietary Guidelines for Americans or equivalent community standards.


Encouraging schools to provide a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity within the school day for K-12 grade students.


Creating policies that are supportive of breastfeeding throughout the Greater Rochester community.  Breastfed babies are more likely to become healthy-weight children.

This agenda was developed by the Healthi Kids Policy Team, a panel of health experts and community leaders convened by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.  Healthi Kids, which was created in 2007, is an acronym which stands for "Healthy Eating and Active Living Through policy and practice Initiatives for Kids."


Healthi Kids is an initiative of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.  The effort is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation as part of its childhood obesity and overweight prevention strategy as well as the New York State Department of Health Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control Community Transformation Grant.