October Edition 
Volume 1                                                                                                                                                 

Welcome to the first edition of "Rochester's City Schools Got HEART!"

This monthly e-newsletter will include health tips, training announcements, grant opportunities, updates, events and  a "School Spotlight" feature to showcase innovative school health initiatives. Our goal is to keep you well informed about school health resources, activities, and successes!  

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is the approach that the Rochester City School District (RCSD) is taking to help improve student and staff wellness. This approach is based on evidence that healthier students perform better academically. CSH brings together staff, parents, students and community members to identify their school's unique health challenges and develop home-grown solutions.


Last year, HEART's support of CSH programs in the District had a big impact! HEART funded a half-time CSH administrator (Jason Johnson) and carts of physical activity equipment for daily recess. This support resulted in exponential growth in schools implementing CSH programs. In just 1 year, from June 2012 to June 2013, the number of participating schools jumped from 11 to all 62 schools in the District! Many thanks to Mr. Carlos Cotto, Mr. Jay Johnson, Ms. Audrey Korokeyi, Ms. Beth Beatriz, School Wellness Champions and your teams for your great work!  As the new school year gets underway, let's celebrate and build on past CSH achievements.   
FOOD DAY 2013 

Food Day is an annual nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable

and sustainably produced food which will take place on October 24. This year's focus is on food education. Children who know where our food comes from and how to cook meals will have a big advantage when it comes to being healthy and preventing obesity. Click here for ideas and resources to help your school participate in Food Day.


Community grant opportunities can help your school start a new health program or support an on-going initiative. Here are some places you can apply for funds:


1. The Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps are offering School Garden grants of $2,000 for projects lasting a year. Garden projects may be at any stage of development. Grants are intended to help students learn about nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Next application deadline: October 31, 2013.


2. The National Dairy Council and National Football League are
offering  Fuel Up To Play 60 grants of up to  $4,000 per year. Grants help schools create sustainable changes in their environment so students have access to tasty, healthy foods and can achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Next application deadline: November 1, 2013. 

If you would like assistance with completing your grant application, please contact Marcia Middleton at marcia_middleton@urmc.rochester.edu



HEART stands for Health Engagement and Action for Rochester's Transformation.  It is the name of the five-year Community Transformation Grant awarded to the Rochester community by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help  promote health by making healthy living easier. The HEART grant was awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Monroe County Department of Public Health and community partners:  Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Foodlink, the Rochester City School District, and the YMCA of Greater Rochester.   

To learn about HEART successes and community partners, be sure to visit our Facebook page. 


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