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

Published June 7, 2018 1288 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 940 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 1270 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 1059 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 1076 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 971 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 941 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 1165 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 1405 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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Healthi Kids Hosts A PlayROCs Celebration to Honor Community Supporters

Published September 28, 2017 992 Views

ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 28, 2017 – More than 100 children, volunteers, partners and community organizers joined the Healthi Kids Coalition last night to celebrate its successful PlayROCs initiative, dedicated to making Rochester a more playful city. The celebration, hosted at th...

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Where Do Rochester's Candidates Stand on the Physical, Social and Emotional Health of Kids?

Published September 6, 2017 1033 Views

Healthi Kids and Parent Leadership Training Institute Alumni Share Results of Candidate Questionnaires for Upcoming City of Rochester Primary Elections Questions focused on children’s health and wellbeing issues ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 5, 2017 – With primary electi...

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Having a Healthy School Year from Start to Finish

Published August 31, 2017 953 Views

Having a Healthy School Year from Start to Finish Tips for parents on how to kick off a healthy school year Now your child is ready to have an awesome school year and they have everything they need to be successful, right? Not so fast!  Yes, those items are necessary and useful to...

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Healthi Headlines August 2017

Published August 28, 2017 1002 Views

Zagster Comes to Rochester At the end of last month, the City of Rochester opened its bike sharing program to the public! Through a partnership with the company Zagster, 340 bikes will be available at 46 stations in the City around the downtown area. The program will give...

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Healthi Headlines - July 2017

Published July 24, 2017 1016 Views

Healthi Kids' Change Agenda Healthi Kids, which was created in 2007, stands for "Healthy Eating and Active Living Through policy and practice Initiatives for Kids." Back in 2008, our Healthi Kids Policy Team, a group of community leaders brought together by Common Gro...

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Can A Corner Store Be Healthy?

Published July 20, 2017 1396 Views

Can a Corner Store Be Healthy? In Rochester, kids often snack on chips and soda instead of healthy options like fresh fruits. For decades, studies have shown that most Americans are eating too few healthy fruits and vegetables, and too many sugary beverages like soda. This has led to an epide...

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Healthi Headlines - June 2017

Published June 26, 2017 951 Views

Story Walk Opens at Phillis Wheatley Library On May 31st, kids, families and neighborhood residents celebrated the grand opening of the interactive Story Walk at Phillis Wheatley Library! The project was one of 50 winners in KaBOOM's Play Everywhere Challenge las...

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Safer Streets Through Slower Speeds

Published May 26, 2017 1891 Views

Physical activity helps kids develop healthy bodies and minds. Kids who are active are more likely to have healthy weights, succeed in school, and have higher self-esteem. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that kids strive for 60 minutes of physical activity each day, a...

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Healthi Headlines - May 2017

Published May 21, 2017 905 Views

5th Annual Peace Walk at Cameron Community Ministries We all know that every child has the right to play. Our playability data shows that one of the top barriers to play in Rochester is neighborhood safety. The children atCameron Community Ministries are all too fami...

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Kids Walk for the Right to Play in a Safe Neighborhood

Published May 19, 2017 1178 Views

The Cameron After School Program Hosts their 5th Annual Peace Walk through the Lyell/Otis Neighborhood. Rochester, N.Y. – The children of Cameron Community Ministries’ After School Program marched today for peace and for their right to play in a safe neighborhood. Hosting the...

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Save the Date: PlayROCs your Neighborhood 2017!

Published April 26, 2017 940 Views

Join the Movement: Host a Play Day in Your Neighborhood Last year, Healthi Kids had a crazy idea - to partner with neighborhoods across the city to create multiple pop up play spaces on the same day. The event, PlayROCs your Neighborhood, raised awareness for safe and accessible play spaces f...

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Healthi Headlines - April 2017

Published April 24, 2017 1003 Views

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 le...

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Kids are Agents for Change: How to Engage Students in Advocacy

Published April 12, 2017 1287 Views

 By: Jenn Beideman, Healthi Kids Policy & Research Associate  The Healthi Kids Coalition brings together parents, students, community organizations, local businesses and universities to advocate for healthier more active kids in Rochester and Monroe County. We know, that in orde...

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Healthi Headlines - March 2017

Published March 24, 2017 901 Views

FLHSA is now Common Ground Health We're thrilled to share that the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is now Common Ground Health! Common Ground Health is a regional health planning organization that brings together diverse stakeholders to transform health and health care in our reg...

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City Paves the Way for Play in Neighborhoods

Published March 7, 2017 872 Views

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Healthi Headlines - February 2017

Published February 27, 2017 959 Views

Healthi Kids' Play Advocacy to be Shared at Two National Conferences Healthi Kids' Jenn Beideman will share how the PlayROCs movement has grown in Rochester at the Active Living Research Conference in February and the US Play Coalition's Value of Play Conf...

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Connections: Understanding SNAP and promoting access to healthy food

Published February 6, 2017 1050 Views

The New York Times set off a kind of firestorm with a front-page story on food stamps, or SNAP benefits. The story pushed the claim that soft drinks are the number one purchase for households that use SNAP. It turns out that the Times did a rather loose job at interpreting the data, and critics...

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Healthi Headlines - January 2017

Published January 24, 2017 1042 Views

Healthi Kids' 2016 Year in Review   2016 was a big year for the Healthi Kids team, we've accomplished a lot in moving forward our change agenda. From summer meals, active schools, healthier school meals, fostering family engagement, and building a walkable, bikeable, and...

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Eating Healthy in the Winter

Published January 19, 2017 960 Views

Eating Healthy in the Winter Tips of what fresh fruits and vegetables to eat and where to find them The cold winter months mean that some delicious fruits and vegetables are now in season. Don’t miss out on the chance to add some color and warmth to your plates this year all while keepin...

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Playworks Video: Play is transforming children and adults in the City of Rochester

Published January 10, 2017 903 Views

Play Works for Rochester  A huge thanks to Playworks is in order for highlighting our work with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Rochester City School District to ensure every child has active daily recess and a positive play environment. Check out their great new vide...

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