School Action Team

The School Action Team works to improve school food and physical activity within the school environment - including before and after school hours.  The policy agenda of the School Action Team related to healthy eating includes:

  • All students in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) consume healthy food through the National School Lunch Program.  Healthi Kids serves as the non-biased monitor and community "watchdog" for the School Meal Program in the District.
  • Understand parental perception and child intake of fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.  Healthi Kids continues to conduct assessments of student breakfast consumption at schools in Rochester City School District elementary schools.

For more information, please contact Erick Stephens at (585) 224-3112 or email here.

Summer Meals Planning Committee

Co-convened by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Healthi Kids, the Summer Meals Planning Committee works to increase the number of children participating in the Summer Meals Program.  By addressing barriers such as lack of communication about the program and distribution of sites, the team creates ways to meet their goal of increasing participation by 20% each year until 2016.  This Committee brings together all the key players of the Summer Meals Program - the Rochester City School District, the City of Rochester, and Foodlink.

For more information, please contact Dina Faticone at (585) 224-3126 or email here.

Breastfeeding Action Team

After extensive research, the Healthi Kids Policy Team included increasing the rates of breastfeeding as part of our change agenda.  Members of the team include representation from the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester Business Alliance, Perinatal Network, WIC, March of Dimes, MVP Health, La Leche League, Unity and Highland Hospitals, and members of the community at large who are passionate about the issue.

The Action Team has been meeting since the Fall 2010 and has created recommendations based on the 2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.  Three priority areas include:

  1. Ensuring that maternity care practices fully support and actively promote breastfeeding
  2. Strengthening programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling
  3. Encourage employers to establish and maintain comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs for their employees


For more information, please contact Dina Faticone at (585) 224-3126 or email here.