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April 2016 eNews 

Efforts to build collaborations among RIHSC members have led to some good news for RI students: Shri Bark is now being offered as part of a healthy breakfast program in all of Aramark's Rhode Island school districts, with many Chartwells and Sodexo districts to follow!

Shri Bark is a healthy snack developed by the talented and health-conscious people at Shri Yoga, made of all natural ingredients like toasted oats, honey, cherries, cinammon and shredded coconut, with none of the preservatives, trans fat, hydrogenated oils and artificial colors that kids don't need.  And it's baked right here in Rhode Island!

Shri Yoga founder Alison Bologna couldn't be more pleased that so many youngsters across RI will now have access to a healthy, filling and delicious breakfast round.  We salute Shri Yoga and Shri Bark!

The (Fact)book we've all been waiting for!

RI Kids Count released the 2016 Factbook at their annual breakfast event on April 11th to a packed Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza.  

Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant (pictured abov
e) served as emcee for an impressive lineup of speakers and special guests!  Everyone agrees that the RI Kids Count Factbook is an invaluable source of information, providing a statistical portrait of the status of Rhode Island's children and families, incorporating the best available research and data. 

For th
ose who couldn't attend the breakfast, the Factbook is available for order or as a free download here.

Images courtesy of RI Kids Count, Peter Goldberg Photography.
Who’s “One in a Melon” in Rhode Island?

Now through April 15, USDA is running a contest for school districts to win its coveted “One in a Melon” award. Parents, teachers, community stakeholders and even students can visit the website and nominate their favorite Farm to School program to receive this award. One school district from each state with the most nominations will win. “One in a Melon” award winners will be announced before school lets out this year! 

Find your district here, vote now and share with friends!  The RI district with the most votes wins!

Hurry!  Application Deadline
is May 20, 2016:

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K-12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State physical education standards. Click Here to learn more.

RI school districts and after-school programs have been the recipients of past PEP grants. Contact us for help!

Awards will be announced after July 21, 2016.

Information Session - CREATORS PROGRAM for Mental Wellness

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is excited to partner with PeaceLove Studios, a RI-based organization that is changing the way we think about mental health.

PeaceLove uses creative expression to inspire, heal, and communicate emotions that are often difficult to convey in words. Through expressive arts programming, they help individuals and communities create peace of mind. Through the Creators Program, PeaceLove equips front-line professionals to deliver their expressive arts curriculum, with the goal of improving mental health and better quality of life through artistic expression.

If your school could benefit from this program, attend this one-hour information session to learn more about the Creators Program and how your school can apply for one of the Blue Cross-funded training scholarships.

More info about the Creators Program here. RSVP to

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

PeaceLove Studios
999 Main Street #704
Pawtucket, RI

Have you heard about the BOKS before-school physical activity program designed to give elementary kids a brain boost to set them up for a day of learning?  Learn more about this evidence-based program sponsored by Reebok here and contact RI’s BOKS representative Nancy Day.

Go! Grants from PHIT America can be used to support a school BOKS program. GO! Grants provide $1,000 to $5,000 to elementary schools to spark and sustain physical activity programs that take place before, during or after the school day. The funds may be used for equipment, facilities, professional development for adults and programs that increase students’ physical activity to the recommended 60 minutes or more per day. You must be a registered Let’s Move Active School to be eligible for this grant.  Easy to do at

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 school year is June 1, 2016.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Each year, the Y celebrates Healthy Kids Day, their national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids in the community. Join them on Saturday, April 30 -- it's a FREE event, and open to the public: everyone is welcome! Enjoy fun games, healthy snacks, exciting kids' exercise classes, special guests, and more! Learn more here.

Wellness Wednesday: Creating Walk and Bike to School Programs that Engage Kids and Families

Wednesday, May 11
4:00PM - 4:30PM 

Learn about Walk and Bike to School programs that can be a great way to engage families and community members in your health and wellness efforts.

More info and register HERE

Is your school trying to transition from junk food rewards to nonfood privileges?  North Cumberland Middle School is!  And they enlisted the help of the students to come up with creative ways to recognize and reward WITHOUT candy or food.  You can use these at your school, or email us with ideas of your own!

  • Cut the lunch line passes
  • Free gym time
  • Free tickets to dances or other school events.
  • Other little trinkets from school store, school supplies,etc.
  • Game time on their Chromebook
  • Crown for the day
RI Healthy Schools Coalition connects the RI school community,
providing direct support for district school wellness work to create
and sustain healthy school environments for all children.
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