Healthi Headlines - December 2016

by HealthiKids on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 11:06 AM

City of Rochester Brings Play to Neighborhood Sidewalks


Healthi Kids is thrilled to share that Rochester has joined cities across the nation in creating a playful sidewalk program. On November 15, 2016, Commissioner Norman Jones from the City of Rochester Department of Environmental Services signed into action a city-wide Playful Sidewalk policy. An extension of the city's current Boulevart program, the policy allows neighborhood associations, block clubs and community organizations to transform residential sidewalks into opportunities for play. Imagine hopscotch on your kids walk between their school and R-Center, or a playful maze in front of your local corner store or library! 

The playful sidewalk policy emerged from Healthi Kids' ongoing advocacy through our Play ROCs campaign. Play ROCs is advocating the creation of a more playable City of Rochester - bringing opportunities to introduce play into every day moments. 

Join Healthi Kids in thanking Commissioner Jones and his staff for continuing to build a more playable Rochester by sending him a thank you letter. Visit our website, fill out your information, and click to send your own thank you here

Over the next few months, we will be working with neighborhood associations, block clubs and community organizations to spread the word about the policy. Stay tuned for more details about a coordinated painting day! 

If you're interested in creating a playful sidewalk in your neighborhood or would like more information about our Play ROCs campaign contact Jenn Beideman at 585.224.3151.



Curbside Market Winter Calendar

The winter season doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy fresh local produce! Foodlink's Curbside Market will be making the rounds to 4 schools in the Rochester City School District through the end of March 2017. 

The Curbside Market is a mobile farmers' market that brings affordable and healthy fruits and vegetables to urban and rural neighborhoods across the Finger Lakes region. Check out the schedule below so you can be sure to brighten your family's day with some colorful foods! 

School 8: Wednesdays from 2:35-3:35 pm on 12/21, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29
School 23: Wednesdays from 2:35-3:35 pm on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/8, 3/22
School 17: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm on 12/21, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29
School 53: Wednesdays from 1:15-2:15 pm on 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/8, 3/22

For more information about our work to promote healthy schools and communities contact Alicia Evans at 585.224.3172 or Mike Bulger at 585.224.3171.


Healthy Holiday Tips!


Make Holiday Celebrations Fun, Active and Healthy! - Let's Move

Holiday Health and Safety Tips - CDC

Healthy Holiday Eating Guide - American Heart Association




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