The Centers for Disease Control recommends that children be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Unfortunately, only half of America's young people reach that mark. Healthi Kids aims to address this gap. The initiative works with parents, students, teachers and community members to advocate for physical activity and unstructured play through daily school recess, more inviting play spaces in neighborhoods and safer walking routes to schools. Responding to the campaign's advocacy efforts, the Rochester City School District adopted a mandatory daily recess policy and banned the withholding of recess as punishment. Find out more at:
The first step to ensuring good nutrition for children is to make healthy food the default choice. Healthi Kids works to improve meals and snack offerings in schools, increase participation in the Summer Food Service program and expand the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in corner stores. The initiative also encourages breastfeeding, which research has shown lowers children's risk of becoming obese later in life.
Ways to build a culture of health for our area's children:
- Ask for guidelines for nutritious food and beverages at school events
- Encourage walking or biking to school
- Lead a "Walking School Bus" and invite nearby families to walk with you
- Switch to fundraisers that sell non-junk food items
- Volunteer to supervise playground and recess activities
- Petition your town or city for bike lanes
- Join Healthi Kids on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
April 22, 2019
The Active Transportation Summit, Ideas in Motion, on May 23 is a convening of professionals and activists from multiple sectors to advance transportation and recreation opportunites across the Finger Lakes region.
April 30, 2019
In addition to healthy eating and physical activity, the initiative is now focusing on policy and advocacy that addresses the physical, social, emotional and cognitive health of children birth through age 8.
February 26, 2019
Healthi Kids has created a new video showcasing PlayROCs’ play days, advocacy and neighborhood transformations. The Common Ground Health initiative hopes to galvanize supporters to spread the play movement throughout - and beyond - Rochester.
October 04, 2018
Sixteen local groups, ranging from health organizations to government to cycling nonprofits, have banded together to launch a new community campaign aimed at reducing the number of crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists. Called Drive 2B Better, the campaign asks drivers to slow down, scan and space their vehicles three feet from bicycles every time they’re behind the wheel.
September 11, 2018
Parsells Avenue and Greeley Street were transformed Sept. 8 as part of the Complete Streets Makeover project, a creative way to test street enhancements that could make neighborhoods roads more welcoming for non-vehicular traffic.
June 19, 2018
Rochester's bike share program holds tremendous potential for supporting more active, healthier lives for residents, shows a new Health Impact Assessment (HIA) from Common Ground Health and the Genesee Transportation Council.
June 06, 2018
Children from Cameron Community Ministries' after school program hosted their sixth annual Peace Walk through the Lyell/Otis Neighborhood. They walked to raise awareness for kids' rights to safe and accessible play spaces.
January 31, 2018
Healthi Kids Coalition’s focus on children’s health continues to expand, thanks to its partnership with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
October 13, 2017
Community members celebrated two years of effort to make Rochester's neighborhoods safe and accessible for all kids to walk, bike and play.
August 29, 2017
Children and families from two tightly-knit Rochester neighborhoods gathered to host Play Streets, a pilot event introduced this year by the Healthi Kids Coalition through their PlayROCs campaign. Play Streets gives kids the opportunity to safely play, beautify their neighborhoods, and participate in new activities.
June 01, 2017
Children, families and neighbors gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Phillis Wheatley Community Library's vibrant "Story Walk," which is part of the Healthi Kids Coalition's "Play ROCs" campaign. The Story Walk is an interactive play space that celebrates play, literacy, and local history.
May 18, 2017
Cameron Community Ministries' after school program hosted its fifth annual Peace Walk through the Lyell/Otis Neighborhood to call for a safer neighborhood.
November 22, 2016
Advocates for play urged Rochester’s City Council to put kids first in the city’s comprehensive plan update to ensure Rochester is the best city to live, work and play. The advocacy effort was led by the Healthi Kids Coalition, an initiative of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, as part of the PlayROCs campaign.
September 22, 2016
Healthi Kids Coalition of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency today announced it with partner with the Rochester Public Library and City of Rochester to create an interactive Story Walk and playful sidewalks at Phillis Wheatley Community Library.
July 08, 2016
Three years of a coordinated, communitywide effort to get more youth in the city of Rochester to participate in free summer meals paid off with a 24.3 percent increase in meals served in 2015.
May 20, 2016
For the first time, Rochester is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation. The national recognition, given by KABOOM, honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.