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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 87 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 76 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 134 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 71 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 400 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 254 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 116 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 139 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 118 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 266 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 259 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 177 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 158 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 193 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 156 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 260 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 295 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 197 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 159 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 187 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 112 Views

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

Published: June 7, 2018 8:18pm 119 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 106 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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The Federal Budget: The Wins & What We’re Watching

Published: April 6, 2018 8:28pm 109 Views

Last month the President signed into law the 2018 federal omnibus appropriations bill. The bill authorizes smaller spending bills into one larger bill that requires one set of votes in each house. The $1.3 trillion law covers government spending on everything from science, arts, and military to chil...

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Place matters for bicyclists and pedestrians

Published: March 27, 2018 9:35pm 103 Views

A new data brief from the Healthi Kids team shows that place matters for bicyclists and pedestrians. It notes that residents from some neighborhoods are more likely to be struck by a car while walking or biking than residents from other neighborhoods. It also notes that car crash locations are clust...

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Healthi Kids comments on food standards

Published: January 31, 2018 9:42pm 103 Views

The Healthi Kids Coalition supports the current school food standards in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the coalition wrote to USDA’s Division of the Food and Nutrition Service. A work group of local food leaders drafted the letter. It responds to proposed changes to school food rule...

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Healthi Kids expands focus to the whole child

Published: January 31, 2018 9:38pm 102 Views

Healthi Kids’ focus on children’s health is growing broader. That growth is due to its partnership with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.​​​​​​​ Healthi Kids is an initiative of Common Ground Health with funding from the Health Foundation. It has focused on children reachin...

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Equity Starts With Engaging Communities and Responding To Concerns

Published: November 30, 2017 9:54pm 120 Views

Low-income neighborhoods have many forces preventing progress. They still bear the scars of discrimination based on race and class. Conscious and unconscious biases perpetuate their differences. And they lack chances to be healthy, economic successful and spiritually well. Communities without...

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Healthi Headlines - November 2017

Published: November 30, 2017 9:45pm 112 Views

Healthy event raised funds through exercise Kids enjoy a game at the School 53 Walkathon Nov. 17. Kudos to Montessori School No. 53 for choosing a healthy fundraiser. The PTA at School 53 hosted its annual walkathon Nov 17. During the event, students walked, danced, stretch...

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Healthi Headlines - October 2017

Published: October 26, 2017 9:56pm 142 Views

Put the brakes on speeding cars Residents spoke to Rochester City Council Oct. 17 about speeding cars. From left, are Jackie Graham, FLRT Block Club; Renee Stetzer, Reconnect Rochester; Hasana Martin, Beechwood Neighbors Association; Evan Lowenstein, Neighborhood of the Arts Neighborhoo...

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