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Programs winding down...

Three, five-year grant programs are ending this month, Heathy Schools New York, Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play and Creating Healthy Worksites.   These programs have provided amazing benefits to the community that will last long after our funding has ended!  The agency recognizes Sarah Bentley-Garfinkel, Karen Bage and Carol Zimmerman for their great work on these programs and other agency activities.

Healthy Schools New York

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HSNY was designed to help school districts implement sustainable policy and practice changes that established healthier nutrition environments outside of the school meals program and increased opportunities for physical activity and quality physical education.


Noted successes of the nine participating school districts include:

  • Four have newly developed or updated Board of Education approved local wellness policies including key policy elements;
  • Three have developed or updated draft policies planned for Board of Education review and adoption, and;
  • Two have Board of Education approved Physical Education Plans.

So what does this mean to students?

  • Activity mats and giant-size games at Clifton-Fine Central School are two exciting options for elementary students to be active during the school day, regardless of weather.
  • A refrigerated vending machine featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt and other healthy items is a hit at Edwards-Knox Central School.
  • Table tennis tournaments have become a popular intramural activity for middle school students at Watertown City Schools.

Click here to read more about our Healthy Schools New York program and other programs around the state!


Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play

chp logoCreating Healthy Places to Live, Work & Play in St. Lawrence County project was designed to help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in St. Lawrence County. This work was accomplished through the implementation of sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in communities where residents live, work and play.


In the five years of Creating Healthy Places, the Health Initiative provided nearly $275,000 in funding to support over 75 community-based projects and professional development opportunities across St. Lawrence County. Click here to read more about these projects! 

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Creating Healthy Worksites - A Component of Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play

The Creating Healthy Worksites (CHW) Program focused on the development of comprehensive wellness programs at worksites of 75 or more employees, based on a framework of evidence-based policy, system and environmental changes. As with the Creating Healthy Places community component, the focus was on improving access to physical activity, providing more nutritious food choices, and reduction of health risks within the worksite.

The program worked with 19 employers in St. Lawrence County, reaching a total of 9,203 employees.  Over the five years, participating businesses were provided with a total of $35,000 in support for sustainable environmental and policy changes designed to improve employee health.  A sampling of the policy and environmental changes include:


  • promoting stair use,
  • allowing flex time for physical activity during the work day,
  • creating onsite physical activity programS and/or facilities,
  • marketing produce at the worksite through farmer’s markets or CSA shares,
  • facilitating weight management and tobacco cessation programs,
  • providing lactation support for breastfeeding mothers and,
  • modifying health insurance benefits to include preventive health services. 





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