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September 2015 eNews 

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. 
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Breakfast for School Leaders Symposium 2015 yesterday at the Crowne Plaza!  Over 300 school professionals and community members attended the event!

Look for program highlights and resources from the event on www.rihsc.org and pictures on our Facebook page coming soon!

A big THANK YOU to Whole Foods University Heights for a very successful 5% Day on September 12th! And another big THANK YOU to everyone who shopped at the store on that day in support of the RI Healthy Schools Coalition!  We appreciate the support and confidence in our organization.
CALLING ALL TEACHERS!  Whole Kids Foundation is offering teachers a FREE Healthy Eating and Cooking Education Program, taking place on Tuesday, October 27th 4-5:30pm. Demos, tastings, recipes and raffles! Sign up HERE.

Get started on a school garden at your school! Whole Foods' Whole Kids Foundation makes it easy with their school garden grant program! Apply today!
Looking for funding to improve the healthy eating and physical activity opportunities at your school? New England Dairy & Food Council Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants – Deadline November 4, 2015
Contact Jane at jvergnani@newenglanddairy.com to get started!!
Looking to improve the culture of recess at your school?  Looking for free resources?  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI, in partnership with the RI Healthy Schools Coalition, is offering a FREE Playworks Playshop recess training program on November 5th.

This training is designed to empower participants to transform recess and solve many common recess challenges, including indoor recess.  Great for principals, classroom teachers, recess staff, parent volunteers and PE Teachers! More information and registration

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is excited that EVERY school district in RI has signed up for Harvest of the Month - a local foods marketing & promotion campaign for all RI cafeterias. Each month we promote a seasonal vegetable and/or fruit with with colorful posters & stickers for students, as well as advice on where to source the featured items. September was RI-grown tomatoes and cucumbers and October will be RI-grown peppers. Check out the October Harvest of the Month newsletter!

SIGN UP HERE or email RI's Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator Kimberly Clark at kimclark@farmfreshri.org

International Walk to School Day is a global event that has been celebrated annually in 40 countries and 50 states since 1997. Students participate by walking or biking to school, with the goal of encouraging and supporting physical activity in a fun and safe way. Walk to School Day this year will be Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

For much more information and to register your event, see www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Many RI schools already take part with great success!  If you'd like help getting your school involved, contact us at rihealthyschoolscoalition@gmail.com - we're more than happy to assist!
Action for Healthy Kids is offering a series of excellent webinars you won’t want to miss!
  • Yoga and movement breaks in the classrooms
  • School breakfast
  • Healthy classroom parties
  • Indoor recess
  • School gardens
.........and more!

Good for teachers, parents and principals. Check out the monthly schedule, September-May & REGISTER HERE

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. October 24 is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. In 2015, Food Day has the theme "Toward a Greener Diet."  More information

What will you do to celebrate Food Day 2015?
Shri offers a FREE yoga class to RI educators! De-stress from the day and take advantage of this great opportunity for teachers and administrators - just show your school ID  More information
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