Healthi Kids expands focus to the whole child
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 has called for better nutrition and more physical activity. Now it also will focus on policy and advocacy around the physical, social, emotional and mental health of children through age 8.
Research has shown the brain develops quickly in childhood. "Those first few years are important for development," said Dina Faticone, Common Ground Health's director of community health and engagement. Learn more: (http://www.healthikids.org/WhatsNew/OurBlog/tabid/146/EntryId/1124/Healthi-Kids-expands-focus-to-the-whole-child.aspx) .
Foodlink grants are available to start or expand programs
Foodlink has one-time seed grants available for nonprofits to start up or expand hunger relief or food programs. The grants range from $10,000 to $30,000. Applications are due by Feb. 15. Awards will be announced by March 15. Priority will be given to creative strategies. Details are here: (http://foodlinkny.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Seed-Grant-Application.pdf) .
On our blog: Healthi Kids comments on food standards
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 milk, whole grains and sodium. The coalition noted that the current standards give all kids access to high quality and nutritious meals. It pointed out that the current rules may promote better health.
The coalition shared programs in Rochester schools that have led kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and waste less food. These innovations include salad bars, low-sodium flavor stations, food-service worker training and youth food councils. To read the blog, click here: (http://www.healthikids.org/WhatsNew/OurBlog/tabid/146/EntryId/1124/Healthi-Kids-expands-focus-to-the-whole-child.aspx) .
To get involved, contact Jenn Beideman at 585-224-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) .
City seeks waterfront park input
The city of Rochester wants input on plans to upgrade park land along the Genesee River in the South Wedge. The Erie Harbor Phase II survey asks people to rank the elements they would like to see, such as open spaces, an enhanced trail and bike path, new play areas and a small plaza for a public market. Take the survey here: (https://erieharbor.metroquest.com/?platform=web) .
Healthi Kids year in review
Our Healthi Kids 2017 Year in Review is online. Go here: (http://www.healthikids.org/AboutHK/2017YearinReview.aspx) to see the work you helped to make happen!
A Call to Action: Reclaiming Fatherhood
Dads are the subject of A Call to Action: Reclaiming Fatherhood. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the David Gantt Community Center, 700 North St., Rochester. There will be talks by David Miller, author of Dare To Be King: What if the Prince Lives? and Matt Stevens, author of Welcome Work: Preparing Today's Youth for the Workforce. RSVP to Renee Joyner, renee.joyner@RCSDK12.org (mailto:renee.joyner@RCSDK12.org) or 585-262-8568.
Youth Sports Expo
Families can try out and sign up for youth sports at the Youth Sports Expo. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St. Rochester. There will be wellness activities, vendors, raffles and refreshments. Call 585-324-9999 or go online (https://www.rcsdk12.org/Page/33489#calendar45747/20180217/event/322259) to preregister.
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