Healthi Headlines - November 2016

by HealthiKids on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:33 AM

Kids & Parents Share their Vision for Play with City Council!

Remember our PlayROCs postcard campaign that we shared with you in our August newsletter? Healthi Kids asked residents throughout the summer to share their visions for play with us. On Tuesday, November 15th kids, parents, and Healthi Kids went to a City Council meeting to share their vision for safe and accessible play spaces throughout the City of Rochester. Annalie Flanigan and Louisa Morris, both 6th grade students from Genesee Community Charter School, hand delivered the 624 postcards to City Councilmembers and spoke to them about every child's right to safe places to walk, bike, and play in their neighborhood. Heather Feinman, the president of the PTO at School 2, Lindsay Jewett from Cameron Community Ministries, and Shamika Ledesmas from Phillis Wheatley Library also stood up to share why play is important and how many of our kids in the City don't have places to play. Residents are urging City Council to put kids first in the City's Comprehensive Plan update by including language that supports safer neighborhoods and playspaces, slowing down traffic to ensure all kids have safe routes to play, and ensuring that children of all ages and abilities have accessible places to play. To see the full list of recommendations and strategies click here! Thank you to News Channel 8 and the Democrat & Chronicle for highlighting the team's advocacy efforts at the City Council Meeting! You can still send City Council a letter to tell them to put kids first in the City's Comphrensive Plan update by clicking here! For more information about the PlayROCs campaign and our recommendations please contact Jenn Beideman at 585-224-3151 or

Kids, parents, and Healthi Kids attending the City Council meeting on November 15th!

We are honored that our Play BEST Team received an honorable mention last week for the 2016 reShaping Rochester Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism for our PlayROCs campaign! Named in honor of Rochester activist Betty Strasenburgh, the Community Design Center Rochester's Strasenburgh Award celebrates civic spirit, persistence and determination that translates visions into reality. We are thrilled to stand beside this year's winner and Healthi Kids friend registered nurse Theresa Bowick, who founded the bicycling group Conkey Cruisers and has been an advocate for personal health, fitness, and wellness in her northeast Rochester neighborhood.

Since 2013, Healthi Kids has partnered with the National Safe Routes to School Partnership and the Rochester City School District to encourage kids to walk to school. For the last 3 years, Schools #2 and #19 have encouraged families to walk and bike to school on National Walk to School Day. This year was no different. On Thursday, October 6th the schools came together to participate in their 4th National Walk to School Day event. Check out our Parent Engagement Specialist Erick Stephens' blog on the Healthi Kids website to learn more about the event and how your school can get involved.

Save the Date!

  1. 90 Days of Community Engagement: Be Part of the Important Conversation about Community-Police Relations
  2. Joseph Ave Business Association's 3rd Annual Christmas Festival: December 3rd from 1 -4 pm
  3. Coffee & Conversation with the RCSD Superintendent

For a printable version of this month's Healthi Headlines click here: November 2016 Healthi Headlines

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