Candidates respond to questions on issues affecting kids

Candidates respond to questions on issues affecting kids

Published June 21, 2019 1778 Views

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

Call for Volunteers for PlayROCS your Neighborhood

Published June 7, 2019 1833 Views

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 has brought tog...

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Active Transportation Summit put ideas into motion

Active Transportation Summit put ideas into motion

Published May 31, 2019 2818 Views

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

Kids Marched for the Right to Play in a Safe Neighborhood

Published May 31, 2019 1726 Views

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

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

Published May 23, 2019 1794 Views

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 assessment of th...

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

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

Published May 16, 2019 1827 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...

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

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

Published May 9, 2019 2075 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...

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Join us for Play the Riverway May 11th!

Join us for Play the Riverway May 11th!

Published May 7, 2019 1823 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.  

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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

Published January 31, 2019 1676 Views

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

Drive 2B Better promotes complete streets

Published December 27, 2018 1597 Views

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

How the Proposed Public Charge Rule Affects Whole Child Health

Published November 9, 2018 1686 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...

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

Published June 7, 2018 2065 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...

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What's next for the Farm Bill?

Published May 31, 2018 1364 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...

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The Federal Budget: The Wins & What We’re Watching

Published April 6, 2018 1753 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 1503 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 1605 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...

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Healthi Kids expands focus to the whole child

Published January 31, 2018 1388 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...

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Equity Starts With Engaging Communities and Responding To Concerns

Published November 30, 2017 1384 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 1649 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...

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Healthi Headlines - October 2017

Published October 26, 2017 1961 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 1502 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...

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

Published September 6, 2017 1532 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...

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Having a Healthy School Year from Start to Finish

Published August 31, 2017 1424 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...

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Healthi Headlines August 2017

Published August 28, 2017 1430 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...

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Healthi Headlines - July 2017

Published July 24, 2017 1435 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...

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Can A Corner Store Be Healthy?

Published July 20, 2017 1927 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 1366 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...

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Safer Streets Through Slower Speeds

Published May 26, 2017 2469 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 1342 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...

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