Creating Healthy Schools and Communities

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    Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) is a five-year Department of Health grant (2015-2020) awarded to OHM BOCES. This public health initiative works to reduce major health risk factors of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases in 85 high-need school districts and associated communities throughout New York state.
    In our region, the targeted schools and associated communites include Adirondack Central School, Holland Patent Central School, Utica City Schools, Remsen Central School and Whitesboro Central School. Our community partner is the Oneida County Health Department.
       
     
    School Contact:
     
    Deborah Spinella
    School Health Policies Coordinator
    (315.793.8544
    (315.793.8652 (fax)
    *dspinella@oneida-boces.org
     
     
    Community Contact:
    Sara Scott
    Public Health Educator
    Oneida County Health Department
    (315.798.5483
    *sscott@ocgov.net
     
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    School and Community Grant Strategies:
     
    1. Revise, implement, and assess local wellness policies to improve the school environment.
    2. Establish Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP).
    3. Increase access to healthy, affordable foods and increase school districts’ ability to meet federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 nutrition standards for foods sold outside of school meals.
    4. Increase access to healthy, affordable foods in communities.
    5. Increase adoption and use of food standards and procurement policies that increase healthy foods in community sites and settings.
    6. Adopt and implement Complete Streets policies, plans, and practices to increase access to opportunities to walk, bike, and roll.