A Win for Kids: State Invests in Advantage After School Program
Published May 16, 2019 1359 Views
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 will go towards...
It's Our Right To Play! Join Us for the 7th Annual Cameron Peace Walk
Published May 9, 2019 1686 Views
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 Ministrie...
Join us for Play the Riverway May 11th!
Published May 7, 2019 1438 Views
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.
2018 Year in Review
Published January 31, 2019 1258 Views
Drive 2B Better promotes complete streets
Published December 27, 2018 1194 Views
How the Proposed Public Charge Rule Affects Whole Child Health
Published November 9, 2018 1275 Views
In New York State, 37 percent of children under the age of 18 live in immigrant families. 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’s been a lot of chatter r...
Inclusion training helps schools offer activities for all
Published October 31, 2018 1080 Views
The New York State Budget: The Wins and What We're Watching
Published June 7, 2018 1513 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 advoc...
What's next for the Farm Bill?
Published May 31, 2018 1013 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 Farm Bill anyways? The histo...
The Federal Budget: The Wins & What We’re Watching
Published April 6, 2018 1344 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...
Place matters for bicyclists and pedestrians
Published March 27, 2018 1136 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...
Healthi Kids comments on food standards
Published January 31, 2018 1179 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 rules for...
Healthi Kids expands focus to the whole child
Published January 31, 2018 1040 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 reaching a healthy...
Equity Starts With Engaging Communities and Responding To Concerns
Published November 30, 2017 1023 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...
Healthi Headlines - November 2017
Published November 30, 2017 1269 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, stretched, jumped...
Healthi Headlines - October 2017
Published October 26, 2017 1478 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...
Healthi Kids Hosts A PlayROCs Celebration to Honor Community Supporters
Published September 28, 2017 1086 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 the Strong Mu...
Where Do Rochester's Candidates Stand on the Physical, Social and Emotional Health of Kids?
Published September 6, 2017 1125 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 elections in Rochester sched...
Having a Healthy School Year from Start to Finish
Published August 31, 2017 1030 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 tools f...
Healthi Headlines August 2017
Published August 28, 2017 1074 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 residents a he...
Healthi Headlines - July 2017
Published July 24, 2017 1087 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 Ground Health, created...
Can A Corner Store Be Healthy?
Published July 20, 2017 1487 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...
Healthi Headlines - June 2017
Published June 26, 2017 1034 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 last year. During the sprin...
Safer Streets Through Slower Speeds
Published May 26, 2017 1998 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...
Healthi Headlines - May 2017
Published May 21, 2017 972 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 familiar with violence i...
Kids Walk for the Right to Play in a Safe Neighborhood
Published May 19, 2017 1270 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 their 5th annual Pea...
Save the Date: PlayROCs your Neighborhood 2017!
Published April 26, 2017 1006 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...
Healthi Headlines - April 2017
Published April 24, 2017 1078 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...
Kids are Agents for Change: How to Engage Students in Advocacy
Published April 12, 2017 1409 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 order to work toge...
Healthi Headlines - March 2017
Published March 24, 2017 964 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 region....