The challenges facing New York State’s students are daunting: almost one in three New York children are overweight or obese, while one in six struggle with hunger. One out of every five youth experience serious mental illness in a given year. And, in New York City one in ten public school students are homeless. Our young people are New York’s future, yet New York ranks near the bottom in policies to address our students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. New York students need support and resources to overcome these obstacles – and their school districts need help from our state government.
Prioritizing school wellness policy means supporting our kids physically, mentally, and emotionally. Nutritious food, physical activity, mental health care, and supportive climates add up to kids who can learn better now, and succeed in the future. Schools may be the most stable, safe environments that many children know. It is vital that every school – especially those that struggle at the intersection of race and poverty – is equipped to tackle these issues.
Our Path Forward
Teaming up with our statewide campaign partners, the Wellness, Equity & Learning Legislation (WELL) Campaign is calling on leaders to invest in state-level solutions for students’ well-being by:
Developing a New York State model wellness policy that can be shared with local school districts
Investing resources to support high-needs districts with wellness policy implementation
Creating an online hub to centralize district wellness policies and reports
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