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$100K ‘Healthiest Cities’ grant aims to advance health equity in Rochester

Published: August 4, 2020 9:52am 483 Views

$100K ‘Healthiest Cities’ grant aims to advance  health equity in Rochester

Common Ground Health, Foodlink and the City of Rochester have been selected to receive a $100,000 grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. Common Ground Health’s Healthi Kids Initiative is working with Foodlink and the City of Rochester to implement the City...

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Summer Meals program innovates to reach more kids due to coronavirus pandemic

Published: July 7, 2020 4:25pm 260 Views

Summer Meals program innovates to reach more kids due to coronavirus pandemic

ROCHESTER – As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to limit food access and keeps children away from their traditional summer programs, the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester is taking a new and innovative approach to ensure that all children 18 and younger have access to nutrit...

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Racism is a public health crisis

Published: June 17, 2020 3:48pm 472 Views

Racism is a public health crisis

Common Ground Health, the African American and Latino health coalitions and the Healthi Kids Coalition stand with Black residents and other partners in acknowledging that racism is a public health crisis. We are heartbroken by recent examples of police brutality and high COVID-19 deaths among Bl...

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Healthi Kids and DRYS partner to promote #playrocsathome

Published: May 20, 2020 2:30pm 463 Views

Healthi Kids and DRYS partner to promote #playrocsathome

Healthi Kids partnered with The City’s Department of Recreation & Youth Services (DRYS) to promote the power of play. On Monday, May 4, team members from Healthi Kids and DRYS met at the Rochester Community Sports Complex Stadium and assembled 900 free play kits that kids can use at home.&...

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Resources for Families: COVID-19

Published: March 24, 2020 5:48pm 4502 Views

Resources for Families: COVID-19

  Healthi Kids acknowledges the challenges that families are facing due to the recent COVID-19 news. Since schools are closed and a lot of kids are home with their parents, we understand the importance of creating daily routines that incorporate learning, physical activity, and social-em...

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Active fathers have a significant impact on child development

Published: February 7, 2020 2:12pm 474 Views

Active fathers have a significant impact on child development

                     All Pro Dad breakfast at #43 school Fatherhood engagement has a significant influence on children. More engaged fathers can positively affect a child’s healthy physical, emotional and social development. Researc...

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City Council adopts Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan

Published: December 9, 2019 4:44pm 831 Views

City Council adopts Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan

Healthi Kids is happy to celebrate City Council’s adoption of the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan. The decision was made on November 12, 2019 and the new plan will replace the city’s previous comprehensive plan, which was completed in 1999. A comprehensive plan is a vision for the...

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ROC the Future Selected for Community-led Playground Project to Give Local Kids More Opportunities to Play

Published: October 31, 2019 2:27pm 524 Views

ROC the Future Selected for Community-led Playground Project to Give Local Kids More Opportunities to Play

ROC the Future, a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, has been selected to lead a playground project with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit that works to ensure every kid and all communities have equitable access to quality, imaginative playspaces. ROC the Future, in partners...

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Mayor Warren Cuts Ribbon on Downtown Play Walk

Published: October 25, 2019 4:17pm 520 Views

Mayor Warren Cuts Ribbon on Downtown Play Walk

Photo courtesy of the City of Rochester Communications Bureau Want to get from the Strong Museum of Play to the Central Library or take in the gorgeous vistas of the Genesee River Downtown? You could drive. Or, you could play your way there! Mayor Lovely A. Warren was joined by youth and comm...

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North Clinton Avenue Makeover Featured a Multicultural Flair

Published: October 3, 2019 4:11pm 664 Views

North Clinton Avenue Makeover Featured a Multicultural Flair

A dream decades in the making was realized this weekend when North Clinton Avenue was infused with the flavor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the “Complete Streets Makeover.” On Sept. 29, volunteers transformed a busy section of North Clinton Avenue, or “La Avenida&rdq...

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Healthi Kids Speaks Out in Opposition to Proposed SNAP Change

Published: October 3, 2019 3:47pm 448 Views

Healthi Kids Speaks Out in Opposition to Proposed SNAP Change

iStock.com/AlexRaths Healthi Kids has spoken out in opposition to the administration’s proposed changes to SNAP. The new rule will ultimately increase food insecurity which will harm whole child health. The changes will also make it more costly for states to run their SNAP programs.&nbs...

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A Proposed Change to SNAP Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hurt Kids

Published: August 28, 2019 8:50am 821 Views

A Proposed Change to SNAP Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hurt Kids

iStock.com/AlexRaths Would you go hungry so that your children had food? It’s a question more local families could be facing soon. In Monroe County, over 100,000 people rely on SNAP (aka food stamps or EBT) to afford food each month. Many of these individuals are the children of work...

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Community welcomes story walk at Ryan R-Center

Published: August 28, 2019 7:41am 664 Views

Community welcomes story walk at Ryan R-Center

Photo courtesy of the City of Rochester Communications Bureau Community members are applauding the grand opening of the Community Story Walk at Ryan, an interactive and visual literary journey of play, to the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center and Sully Branch Library. “I am so proud to live in...

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Safe driving campaign seeks help posting signs

Published: August 28, 2019 7:21am 622 Views

Safe driving campaign seeks help posting signs

Local residents have stepped up to install more than 300 lawn signs as part of the drive2Bbetter campaign, which aims to make our community’s roads safer for all users. The signs remind drivers of three simple driving habits to protect road users: slow, scan and space. Slowing down, scanni...

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City releases draft plan for next 15 years

Published: August 7, 2019 10:50am 717 Views

City releases draft plan for next 15 years

Healthi Kids was excited to read the draft Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan, which will set the city's strategic vision and goals for the future. This important plan will affect kids and families across our city. Learn more.

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Rochester kids and adults reclaimed their neighborhoods for play

Published: July 8, 2019 2:54pm 408 Views

Rochester kids and adults reclaimed their neighborhoods for play

During its 4th annual PlayROCs Your Neighborhood event on July 13, 2019, Healthi Kids teamed up with 55 neighborhood partners to repurpose, reclaim and restore play to public spaces.

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Candidates respond to questions on issues affecting kids

Published: June 21, 2019 11:41am 591 Views

Candidates respond to questions on issues affecting kids

The Healthi Kids Coalition, with input from the Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute Alumni, created a 2019 questionnaire around our advocacy agenda for Whole Child Health.  Each candidate for Rochester City Council and School Board was given an opportunity to respond. 

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Call for Volunteers for PlayROCS your Neighborhood

Published: June 7, 2019 12:32pm 628 Views

Call for Volunteers for PlayROCS your Neighborhood

For the last three years, children, families and neighborhood organizers have rallied together throughout the City of Rochester to raise awareness for safe and accessible play spaces for every child, in every neighborhood. Our city wide coordinated play day PlayROCs your Neighborhood h...

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Active Transportation Summit put ideas into motion

Published: May 31, 2019 4:50pm 747 Views

Active Transportation Summit put ideas into motion

Do you bike, walk, run, use a wheelchair, scooter, or skateboard or take the bus? Those are examples of active transportation. About 120 people took part in discussions of active transportation during the Active Transportation Summit May 23rd at the Rochester Riverside Hotel. The goal of the...

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Kids Marched for the Right to Play in a Safe Neighborhood

Published: May 31, 2019 4:36pm 474 Views

Kids Marched for the Right to Play in a Safe Neighborhood

The Cameron Community Ministries after school program hosts seventh annual peace walk through Lyell/Otis Neighborhood.

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ACTION ALERT: Share with NYS YOUR Feedback on our Early Care and Education System

Published: May 23, 2019 9:33am 531 Views

ACTION ALERT: Share with NYS YOUR Feedback on our Early Care and Education System

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child ages 0-5? Do you work with our youngest kids? Are you an administrator of an early childhood program? The New York State Council on Children and Families wants to hear from you! The Council is in the process of conducting a statewide needs as...

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A Win for Kids: State Invests in Advantage After School Program

Published: May 16, 2019 8:51am 504 Views

A Win for Kids: State Invests in Advantage After School Program

  It's great news for after school and students across New York State! This year the Advantage statewide funding stream for after school has increased from $1375 per student to $2000 per student! This is a huge win for providers and kids across the state as additional dollars wi...

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It's Our Right To Play! Join Us for the 7th Annual Cameron Peace Walk

Published: May 9, 2019 8:53am 645 Views

It's Our Right To Play! Join Us for the 7th Annual Cameron Peace Walk

  Join us at the 7th Annual Cameron Community Ministries Peace Walk Every child has the right to a safe place to play in their neighborhood. Data from the Healthi Kids Coalition demonstrates that one of the top barriers to play is neighborhood safety. As kids at Cameron Community Mini...

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Join us for Play the Riverway May 11th!

Published: May 7, 2019 1:39pm 665 Views

Join us for Play the Riverway May 11th!

  Join us on Saturday, May 11th, as we take over Court Street for a FREE PLAY DAY! We'll be providing interactive opportunities for kids and families across the City of Rochester.  To learn more please reach out to Joe at 224-3127.  

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2018 Year in Review

Published: January 31, 2019 9:52am 512 Views

2018 Year in Review

In 2018, Healthi Kids expanded our focus to encompass whole child health. Learn more in our Year in Review infographic.

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Drive 2B Better promotes complete streets

Published: December 27, 2018 9:55am 436 Views

Drive 2B Better promotes complete streets

We are promoting complete streets to improve safety for all road users. 

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How the Proposed Public Charge Rule Affects Whole Child Health

Published: November 9, 2018 8:09pm 462 Views

How the Proposed Public Charge Rule Affects Whole Child Health

In New York State, 37 percent of children under the age of 18 live in immigrant families. [i] That’s more than 1.54 million children across the state that come to the United States with their families or have at least one parent who was born outside of the country. There&rsquo...

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Inclusion training helps schools offer activities for all

Published: October 31, 2018 8:15pm 388 Views

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The New York State Budget: The Wins and What We're Watching

Published: June 7, 2018 8:18pm 444 Views

At the end of March the New York State Assembly finalized the 2018-19 annual budget. The $168.3 billion state budget covers spending in a variety of areas including health, education and aid to localities. So how does this year’s state budget affect kids across the state? After tireless...

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What's next for the Farm Bill?

Published: May 31, 2018 8:26pm 348 Views

You might have been hearing about the Farm Bill through social media or in the news. Maybe something about “food stamps” or “SNAP,” and a vote in Congress. There’s talk of major changes and millions of people losing access to food. So what is going on? And what is the F...

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