Promoting Universal Well-Being in Schools

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate It’s a scene that brings joy to parents everywhere—a room full of energetic kindergarteners competing to sit up straight, listen quietly to their teachers and focus on each lesson in pursuit of a treasured gold star. Losing means receiving a dreaded frowny face. This ritual—called the Good Behavior Game—now takes place in elementary school classrooms …

State Budget Supports Key DASH-NY Policy Push

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By Rebecca Abraham, Policy Associate   Designing a Strong and Healthy New York State’s (DASH-NY) first policy agenda led to big wins in Albany this year. Governor Cuomo’s new budget now includes the largest public transportation package in history—a key priority for DASH-NY and DASH coalition member the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. On April 1st budget provides targeted funding to public …

Systems for Sustainable, Healthy Food

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Food Policy The DASH-NY Food Policy Workgroup includes supermarkets, farmers, hunger groups, and obesity prevention programs. This year, the group prioritized funding for school lunches and access to healthy foods. Policy Priority: Increase funding per school meal to support the procurement of healthy, local foods. To start off, school meals are highly underfunded.  The state reimbursement for school meals hasn’t …

Addressing Nutrition & PE in Schools and Childcare

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Healthy Schools and Childcare Children spend a large portion of their days in school or childcare. As a result, the food they eat and the amount of physical activity they engage in affects their overall health. Through this workgroup, chronic disease prevention is addressed from the start, Policy Priority: Expand access and funding to Farm to School grants throughout New …

College Students Reintroduced to Healthy Foods

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  When we think of college eating habits, we often think of late-night pizza and a bag of chips.  But college dining services can provide nutritious and locally grown food, and college students in New York State are asking for it. In a pilot program created by the non-profit Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS), four SUNY campuses were …