The WELL Campaign is calling on New York State leaders to give school districts the tools and resources they need to support students’ health and well-being by:
Developing a New York State model wellness policy (A.7607)
Investing $21M in funding and technical assistance to support school districts—particularly high-needs districts—to improve and implement wellness policies.
Creating an online hub to centralize district wellness policies and reports
At a time when federal policies to support children’s health are being rolled back, taking action has never been more important.
Our children are in crisis.
Almost 1 in 5 students faces a serious mental illness in a given year,
1 in 6 New York children struggle with hunger, and,
1 in 3 New York children are overweight or obese.
As parents and educators know—and the science shows—healthy, active children are better equipped to learn and thrive. That’s where school district wellness policies come in. These policies set standards and best practices to create healthy school environments where children can eat well and be physically active. At their best, wellness policies connect the dots between students’ physical, mental, and emotional health.
Local wellness policy is an untapped resource, and school districts need more state support. Under federal law, all NY districts must have a school wellness policy. Yet nearly 90% of New York districts’ policies are missing at least one federal requirement. Evidence shows that state-level wellness policy laws lead to more comprehensive, better-implemented wellness policies. Twenty-four states have these laws; New York does not.
Let’s make NY a leader in comprehensive school wellness by streamlining policies, helping school districts connect the dots for students’ physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. With the right supports for school districts, we can ensure ALL of our children are healthy and can do WELL. Our schools are the best place to empower ALL New York children to learn and thrive.
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