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.
May 02, 2016
Kids in the City of Rochester are more likely to be hit by cars than in other parts of Monroe County, which may prevent families from allowing them to play outside, according to one of several new data briefs from Healthi Kids.
October 09, 2015
Healthi Kids brings "Playworks" training to cafeteria staff to help build a healthier lunchroom environment for city students.
September 18, 2015
August 28, 2015
When food assistance is cut, families often resort to purchasing high calorie foods that are filling to strech their food dollars.
August 28, 2015
Let’s all together strike two huge thumbs up to the Rochester City School District for adding a clause to their new Student Behavior Resource Manual that bans recess being taken away as a form of punishment.
August 26, 2015
School of the Arts parent weighs in on the importance of recess to "play, to have a break, run around and have fun".