Staff trained on indoor recess
Even when it's cold outside, there are many ways to have fun indoors. Playworks gave teachers, para-professionals and parents tips for indoor recess and group management. Organized by Healthi Kids, the training took place Feb. 9. Of the 58 people who participated, 27 were Rochester City School District teachers. Participating were RCSD schools 3, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 29, 53 and 106 (RISE). To learn more, contact Alicia Evans, healthy schools project coordinator, at Alicia.email@example.com or call 585-224-3172.
Summer meals webinar is set
More than 1.1 million low-income kids and teens across New York State eat healthy school meals. Free, healthy meals and snacks can add value to summer enrichment programs, according to Hunger Solutions NY.
There will be a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. March 5 to encourage more groups to offer summer meals. Healthi Kids' Dina Faticone, co-chair of the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, will present. Faticone will talk about how community collaboration has helped to serve more children.
Other presenters include Debbi Beauvais, school nutrition director of Gates Chili, East Rochester and East Irondequoit Schools. She oversees a dozen sites and launched a food truck/bus to allow the district to reach more youth. Register here.
Healthi Kids shared tips on hosting a play day
Healthi Kids spoke to Out of School Time providers in February about how to host a play day. The talk was part of the Greater Rochester After School Alliance's February Summit. Advocacy Manager Jenn Beideman and Program Assistant Hannah Shippee shared best practices organizations can take to make play available to kids. They also shared how youth can get involved in advocacy opportunities.
To learn how to host your own pop-up play day, contact Shippee at Hannah.Shippee@commongroundhealth.org or call 585-224-3152.
Bike lanes eyed in East Main Street plan
Share your thoughts about the East Main Street reconstruction project. Rochester is rebuilding part of East Main Street between North Goodman Street and Culver Road. The plan would reduce the three-lane section to two lanes. Crews would add protected bike lanes.
A public informational meeting is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the RTS Transit Center, 1372 East Main Street. Planners will finalize the design this year. Construction will take place in 2020 and 2021. To learn more, contact Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator at Mike.Bulger@commongroundhealth.org or 585-224-3171.
Youth team explores Play Walk route
A youth design team is adding its creativity to plans for the proposed Play Walk downtown.
The Play Walk, a project led by Healthi Kids, will stretch from the Strong Museum of Play to the Central Library. It will feature playful elements along the sidewalk to encourage families to walk and play along the way. The Play Walk will be created later this year.
Working with artist Shawn Dunwoody and landscape architect Sue Steele, the Youth Design Team explored the route and the Strong Museum of Play. They also learned to screen print t-shirts.
To share your input on the project, visit www.playwalkroc.fun.
Memorial Art Gallery is free for residents on SNAP
The arts promote the social and emotional development of children, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. Kids who create art regularly are better able to control and express emotions.
That is why it is great news that the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester now offers free museum admission for up to four Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients. The museum also offers other free and discounted admission opportunities. For some groups, it offers free transportation and admission and a one-year membership. Learn more.
Free nutrition resources available
March is National Nutrition month. Good nutrition is being celebrated in many settings.
Celebrate National School Breakfast week March 4 - 8 with lessons about breakfast, a MyPlate guide to school breakfast and new recipes.
Graphical icons can be used to share healthy messages about food. Curricula are also available for cooking classes.
Get nutrition newsletters for parents of young children in time for Child and Adult Care Food Program Week March 17-23.
Common Ground Health is hiring for an administrative assistant with three years' experience. Learn more.
What we're reading:
The Rochester City School District Board of Education's response to Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino's review of the Rochester City School District. Aquino was appointed by the state to review the district due to low performance in some key areas.
Nationally, pedestrian deaths from car crashes are at their highest point since 1990, according to a new report. Healthi Kids and its partners have been trying to decrease traffic deaths through a driver-education campaign. Learn more what you can do to make our community safer at www.drive2Bbetter.org.
Read how to motivate children using evidence-based approaches from the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child.
Review From a nation at risk to a nation at hope: Recommendations from the National Commission on social, emotional and academic development from the Aspen Institute.
Listen to a new podcast on parents and difficult conversations from NPR's Life Kit and Sesame Workshop. The podcasts include talking with children about death and talking to them about race.
Save the date:
March 30 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Resilience in Fatherhood: Building Healthy Relationships, a free conference to celebrate father involvement with the Healthy Baby Network. It features Reginald Cox, founder and director of the Fatherhood Connection
April 27 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Restoring Rochester Conference, Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street. The event focuses on healing and empowering the community through restorative practices. It features speakers Dr. Victor Rios and Dr. Yohuru Williams.
May 4 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speak Life Conference, Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 East Main Street. The conference will evaluate violence through the lens of race and explore the implications for the health of people of color. Included in the agenda is a special focus on the impact of violence on youth. The African American Health Coalition with the Latino Health Coalition is presenting the conference.
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