What we’re advocating for this NYS budget season

What we’re advocating for this NYS budget season

Published March 6, 2024 713 Views

It’s budget season in Albany! And that means it’s critical to continue to tell our legislators that whole child health matters. The $299 billion dollar state budget covers spending in a variety of areas including health, education, and aid to localities. In other words – it makes sure money moves to...

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Recap: Celebrating Global School Play Day 2024

Recap: Celebrating Global School Play Day 2024

Published March 4, 2024 375 Views

Excitement filled the air on February 7th as nearly 60 sites across the City of Rochester joined together for the international celebration of play called Global School Play Day. Organized by Healthi Kids in collaboration with the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Human Services an...

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Healthi Kids brings international play event to City of Rochester on February 7

Healthi Kids brings international play event to City of Rochester on February 7

Published February 6, 2024 420 Views

It’s been celebrated in 75 countries. Now the Global School Play Day is coming to nearly 60 sites in the City of Rochester. To bring this event to Rochester, Healthi Kids collaborated with the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Human Services and the Rochester City School District,...

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Spring/Summer 2023 Quarterly Update

Spring/Summer 2023 Quarterly Update

Published September 6, 2023 1630 Views

As we near the end of sunshiny summer days, we reflect on a transformative season filled with impactful efforts by our Healthi Kids Coalition. Healthy Learning Environments: We partnered with schools like 10, 54, 33, and 19, enhancing back-to-school events with wholesome snacks and invigoratin...

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Healthi Kids Playful Learning Summit to explore the transformative power of play in education

Healthi Kids Playful Learning Summit to explore the transformative power of play in education

Published August 17, 2023 1537 Views

Healthi Kids, in collaboration with the Strong National Museum of Play, will present the Healthi Kids Playful Learning Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, August 21, 2023, at the museum. This unique, day-long conference will delve into the immense potential of playful learning as a catal...

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Neighborhood intersection gets a “Complete Street Makeover”  to improve safety and access for all

Neighborhood intersection gets a “Complete Street Makeover” to improve safety and access for all

Published June 2, 2023 1121 Views

Date:        Saturday, June 10, 2023 Time:        12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Place:        Intersection of Arnett Blvd & Warwick Ave (310 Arnett Blvd, Rochester, NY 14619) Families and residents of the 19th Ward neighborhood, and a team of community partners* will join together on Saturday, June 10 to t...

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Open Letter to Director Christopher Reeve in Support of 490 Farmers

Open Letter to Director Christopher Reeve in Support of 490 Farmers

Published May 9, 2023 866 Views

Dear Director Reeve,  On behalf of the Healthi Kids Coalition, we urge you to allow a range of beneficial community garden activities on land owned by the Department of Transportation to promote whole child health in the City of Rochester. These activities should include play areas, events and ce...

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Winter 2023 Quarterly Update

Winter 2023 Quarterly Update

Published April 17, 2023 934 Views

We at Healthi Kids accomplished a lot last quarter! We partnered with organizations to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity in schools and underserved communities. We provided supplies and technical assistance to five schools, organized physical activity professional development sessio...

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Celebrating National Social Emotional Learning Day

Celebrating National Social Emotional Learning Day

Published March 9, 2023 1326 Views

March 10 is National SEL Day! This year, we are teaming up with Children's Institute to share the following resources on social emotional learning with you! What is social emotional learning (SEL)? Social emotional learning is how youth learn and gain the skills needed to regulate their em...

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It's time to #RescueRecess

It's time to #RescueRecess

Published February 24, 2023 1071 Views

Recess is an important aspect of a child's education, and education research has shown that it plays a vital role in children's social, cognitive, and physical development and health. Social development is an important component of recess: Children learn important social skills, such as cooperati...

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An Update from Albany on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

An Update from Albany on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Published February 23, 2023 544 Views

Throughout the past month, Healthi Kids and our partners at the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) have been busy raising awareness with state policymakers about the importance of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) and supporting those who work with an...

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Healthi Kids Holds Photovoz Event

Healthi Kids Holds Photovoz Event

Published August 18, 2022 2011 Views

Exhibit Helps to Cultivate Commitment to More Playful Lives for Children WHEN:         July 11, 2022 – September 30, 2022 During library hours: Monday 9:00 am – 8:30 pm Tuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday 9:00 am – 8:30 pm Thursday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm...

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Action Alert – Parents Needed for RCSD Board of Education!

Action Alert – Parents Needed for RCSD Board of Education!

Published August 5, 2022 904 Views

Parents and guardians have the power to advance the changes you want to see happen within the Rochester City School District. The RCSD Board of Education is recruiting RCSD parents and legal guardians for Board committees for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents who participate serve as advisory m...

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Complete Streets Makeover Recap

Complete Streets Makeover Recap

Published June 30, 2022 1422 Views

According to Reconnect Rochester, in Monroe County from 2012-2021, over 5,000 crashes involved bicyclists and pedestrians, and ten people die on our local streets every year as a result of these crashes. To help resolve this issue, School #17 families, residents of the JOSANA neighborhood, an...

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Action Alert – Tell Monroe County to Center Kids in their Comprehensive Plan!

Action Alert – Tell Monroe County to Center Kids in their Comprehensive Plan!

Published June 30, 2022 742 Views

  Tell Monroe County to put kids first in their comprehensive plan! The time to prioritize children has never been greater. By building a playful and kid-friendly county and we can prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of all children in the county. COVID-19 has impacted kids physi...

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RCSD School Board Unanimously Approves Revised District Wellness Policy

RCSD School Board Unanimously Approves Revised District Wellness Policy

Published June 29, 2022 1502 Views

Student health and wellness has been prioritized across the Rochester City School District. Last Thursday, June 23rd, the RCSD School Board unanimously approved the newly revised District Wellness Policy. The revised policy adopts ALL of the recommendations put forward by the Healthi Kids Coa...

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Sign Up Today For PlayROCs your Neighborhood 2022!

Sign Up Today For PlayROCs your Neighborhood 2022!

Published June 2, 2022 885 Views

    Want to host a play day in your neighborhood? Join Healthi Kids and residents across the city as we repurpose, reclaim and bring back safe play spaces to the City of Rochester!  PlayROCs your Neighborhood – Healthi Kids’ city-wide coordinated play day is BACK! Since 2016, childre...

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Action Alert: Tell Senator Schumer to Protect Summer Meals

Action Alert: Tell Senator Schumer to Protect Summer Meals

Published May 17, 2022 836 Views

  Tell Senator Schumer to Protect Summer Meals School is almost out, and summer is just around the corner. Unfortunately for families across the city access to summer meals is becoming much more burdensome. That’s why we need you to reach out to Senator Schumer to demand they extend summer...

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Why did Healthi Kids conduct a Racial Equity Impact Analysis of our Advocacy Agenda?

Why did Healthi Kids conduct a Racial Equity Impact Analysis of our Advocacy Agenda?

Published May 17, 2022 731 Views

                            Racism is a public health crisis. At Healthi Kids we have known this for over a decade. Black and Latino families in the City of Rochester experience worse health outcomes than people in the surrounding suburbs. That’s why at the beginning of 2021, Healthi Kids laun...

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Recognizing ROC Kids and Teens | Kid-History Spotlight

Recognizing ROC Kids and Teens | Kid-History Spotlight

Published April 4, 2022 1126 Views

Everyone does something well. It's important to recognize kids when they make an attempt at accomplishing goals. It's also important to acknowledge kids when they excel at their goals. Whether at home, in school, or at the local R-center, when adults recognize kids for their effort and accomplis...

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More Children Need to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

More Children Need to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Published March 10, 2022 897 Views

  Thursday, March 10, 2022   With COVID-19 vaccine rates among children remaining extremely low, county public health directors in the Finger Lakes region today further urged parents to get their children vaccinated. The public health directors highlighted the current vaccination rates...

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Let's Develop Healthy Bedtime Routines!

Let's Develop Healthy Bedtime Routines!

Published January 20, 2022 1568 Views

  Are you trying to incorporate healthy bedtime habits into family routines? Is this a struggle you never thought you had to deal with? Fortunately, there are many options for healthy, fun, and productive bedtime routines. Creating a healthy bedtime routine should include bedtime exercises to...

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Returning to Play After a COVID-19 Infection | Guidance for Families

Returning to Play After a COVID-19 Infection | Guidance for Families

Published January 14, 2022 1101 Views

Pediatricians reinforce COVID-19 guidance for kids returning to sports and physical activity Interim guidelines are designed to protect school children and teens from cardiac events   ROCHESTER, NY, January 14, 2022 - As cases of COVID-19 increase among local children, a regional task force...

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INTRODUCING A NEW BILL TO BRING UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE TO NEW YORK STATE

INTRODUCING A NEW BILL TO BRING UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE TO NEW YORK STATE

Published December 23, 2021 1833 Views

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/20/2021                                          QUEENS, NY— State Senator Jessica Ramos (D,WF-SD13) and Assembly Member Sarah Clark (D-AD136) introduced the Early Learning Child Care Act (S7615 - Assembly number pending) on Friday, bringing their respective e...

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Rochester’s Inaugural Food Policy Council Announces Selection of First Members

Rochester’s Inaugural Food Policy Council Announces Selection of First Members

Published November 29, 2021 1229 Views

 November 22, 2021   ROCHESTER – The Planning Team for the Rochester Food Policy Council (FPC) is excited to announce the selection of its inaugural members. This diverse group of individuals will lead efforts to create a healthier and more equitable Rochester food system. The planning team...

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Press Release: National Early Childhood Expert to Kickoff Playful Learning Initiative for Rochester's Youth

Press Release: National Early Childhood Expert to Kickoff Playful Learning Initiative for Rochester's Youth

Published October 4, 2021 1153 Views

NATIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERT TO KICK OFF PLAYFUL LEARNING INITIATIVE FOR ROCHESTER YOUTH Healthi Kids’ Coalition Brings Together Community to Prioritize the Power of Play in the Rochester City School District   What: National early childhood expert Dr. Brian Wright kicks off Healthi...

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Health is Wealth at B+ Healthy Fresh Food Market

Health is Wealth at B+ Healthy Fresh Food Market

Published September 28, 2021 1554 Views

B+Healthy Fresh Food Market continues to expand its presence of good health in the inner-city. Since 2018, the marketplace has provided healthy and flavorful food and beverage options to neighborhood residents. Owner Kaptah AmenRa Xi Amaru continues to work to expand the markets in Rochester. In...

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New York State Amends Contract Process for Out of School Providers

New York State Amends Contract Process for Out of School Providers

Published September 10, 2021 1022 Views

  We're happy to share good news from New York State’s Office of Children’s and Family Services (OCFS)! Out of school time providers are finally going to get paid for work they already completed throughout the pandemic. Out of school time providers are the organizations that provide before...

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The Power of Play on TikTok: 5 Tips from Mega Influencer Chaz Bruce

The Power of Play on TikTok: 5 Tips from Mega Influencer Chaz Bruce

Published August 31, 2021 1505 Views

Did you know over 1 billion people across the world actively use TikTok every day? TikTok prompts social media users to lip sync and other entertaining, and educational videos. Chances are local youth and families who use the app are following local creative educator Chaz Bruce. Chaz has over 5 m...

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Parents’ Share with Healthi Kids Their Needs and Perceptions of Childcare During COVID-19

Parents’ Share with Healthi Kids Their Needs and Perceptions of Childcare During COVID-19

Published June 29, 2021 1589 Views

    COVID-19 has changed so much in our community. We know all caregivers have been navigating challenges to keep their kids safe during the pandemic. We also know that many caregivers have had to find new and emergency forms of childcare for their babies, school-aged kids, and teens. Comm...

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