Rochester Area Community Foundation Summer Meals Mini Grant Opportunity

Healthi Kids is happy to share the news that the Rochester Area Community Foundation Summer Meals mini grants are here!

Have you served summer meals in the City of Rochester in the past? This opportunity would let you expand your capacity to serve summer meals! Need more food storage equipment? Want to provide a fun game or healthy activity at your site? Would you like to offer a volunteer stipend? Here's your opportunity! Please click here for more details and application information!

Every Kid Healthy Week

Every Kid Healthy Week is April 24th-28th this year and it's time to celebrate! At Healthi Kids, we know that healthier kids have an easier time succeeding in school.This week highlights all of the work our schools are doing to promote nutrition and physical activity for their students. Through our partnership with the Rochester City School District, Schools 8, 17, 23 and 53 have been working hard this year doing just that. Some of their creative ideas include partnering with Foodlink's Curbside Market to bring fresh produce to their families every other week! Or putting on Math & Movement family engagement events that use physical activity to teach math! Want to join in on the fun? Make health and wellness the focus of your next school event for kids and families! Check out this toolkit for more tips on how you can celebrate the importance of school wellness this month. To learn more about how you can create a healthy school environment, contact Alicia Evans or 585-224-3172.

May is Walk & Bike to School Month!

Since 2013, Healthi Kids has partnered with the National Safe Routes to School Partnership and the Rochester City School District to encourage kids to bike and walk to school. May 10th is National Bike to School Day this year, and School 19 will be taking part in the fun! Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, May is also National Bike Month. School 10 will be hosting a Bike Rodeo to celebrate the month on May 25th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Need to get a bike or get your bike repaired? Check out R-Community Bikes! They have weekly bike giveaways, offer free repairs, and will be at School 10's Bike Rodeo. To learn more about Bike to School Day, contact Erick Stephens at Erick.Stephens@commongroundhealth.orgor 585-224-3112.

Walkability Action Institute 2017

In 2015, the Surgeon General issued a call to action to "Step it Up" to get people walking and create more walkable communities. So this April, a team from our area traveled to Decatur, Georgia for the Walkability Action Institute. Our team included staff from Common Ground Health, Genesee Transportation Council and the City of Rochester. We were one of ten regional teams from across the country who attended the four-day training on improving walkability in our community. The institute is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Over 10 expert faculty shared their ideas with us on how to build an action plan for our region to create walk friendly streets and communities. Together, the team will develop a Walkability Action Plan and go to work to make the plan come to life. Creating walkable communities is good for both the health of our city and the people in it! For more information on Step it Up! Clickhere.

Healthi Kids Blog: Youth Advocacy

At Healthi Kids, we advocate for healthier and more active kids in Rochester and Monroe County. Creating opportunities to make kids' voices heard is important since we advocate for changes that will affect them. Our blog this month talks about the importance of getting youth involved in local advocacy. Click here to read more about how kids can be powerful agents of change!

Save the Date!

Come out and join us on Saturday, May 27th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm for a Community Paint Day at Phillis Wheatley Library! Residents and kids will be painting the new interactive Story Walk on the sidewalks outside of the library. Snacks and water will be provided and no prior experience is required! For more information, please contact Jenn Beideman at or 585-224-3151.