New York Action for Healthy Kids
Welcome to the New York Team
Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.
The New York Action for Healthy Kids Team and the New York City affiliate are dedicated to improving the health of youth throughout the state by providing resources and training to schools. The statewide team has been reorganizing and engaging new organizations to be a true representative coalition. The New York City affiliate has been spearheading parent engagement efforts.
Our 2012 - 2013 goals are to:
There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in New York--from becoming a team member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution--you can help create a safer environment for our kids!
Fuel Up to Play 60 for 2013
Fuel Up to Play 60, the free in-school nutrition and physical activity program has lots to offer to schools in 2013. FUTP 60 offers a wealth of nutrition and physical activity resources and proven ideas, online training program and a local, state and national student ambassador program. Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Resources, supports and competitive funding is available to help schools implement the program. Any U.S. school can enroll in the free program and thus be eligible to apply for up to $4,000 to help increase access to and consumption of nutrient-rich foods and participation in physical activity opportunities for students.
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Best Practice Strategies for Taste Testings in Schools
New York State and California Action for Healthy Kids Coordinators, Kim McLaughlin (NY) and Nancy Frank (CA), worked together to host a Sharing Call on December 14th on Best Practices in Taste Testings in Schools. Several school and community representatives from both states shared successful ideas, tips and strategies. Time also was provided for trouble shooting solutions to a few barriers participants had encountered. This link will take you to a document that lists the best practices that were contributed during the Sharing Call. Thanks to all who contributed and participated.
Congratulations, Margaret Robelee!
Margaret Robelee from North Park Elementary School in Hyde Park Central School District is the winner of the December 2012 Fuel Up to Play 60 gift card drawing. Margaret signed up to be a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Adviser for her school this fall, as did 33 additional school wellness professionals from across the state, and entered the gift card raffle. Margaret Robelee was randomly selected as the winner.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a unique school wellness program that goes beyond telling kids what to do—it empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are making it possible for children to have more opportunities to be physically active and choose tasty, nutrient-dense foods, like low-fat and fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Youth play a leading role in Fuel Up to Play 60—from helping to design and build the program, to implementing it within their school, working collaboratively with educators, like Margaret Robelee, school staff and administrators. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages shared program ownership and responsibility, which helps ensure that the program engages youth and is relevant to them.
Congratulations, Margaret for bringing this great program to your school and serving as your school's FUTP 60 Program Adviser.
Seventh Annual Healthy Choices for Children: Linking Research and Practice in Childhood Obesity
Please join us on April 4, 2013 for the 7th Annual Healthy Choices for Children Conference to be held at the New York Academy for Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY. Click here for more information.
Healthier Hudson Valley ChallengeApril 5, 2013Ulster County BOCESConference Center175 Route 32 North
New Paltz, NY 12561
8:00 am - 11:45 am
Mary Joan McLarney , MS, RD, LDN Healthier US School Challenge
Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist in the Special Nutrition Programs of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Northeast Regional Office, received the USDA Secretary of Agriculture's Honor Award in 2011 for her work with the USDA Healthier US School Challenge Team for Excellence in Training and Technical Assistance.
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