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April 2017 eNews 

Kids Cook Healthy with Crockpots at North Providence School!

A school survey indicated that many students at Marieville Elementary must often prepare their own meals at home. A wonderful crockpot program was born out of the desire to teach them how to prepare a healthy meal and learn about knife and food safety.  

As part of the North Providence Marieville Health Equity Zone (, crockpots were purchased for students and each week a new recipe is cooked in the crockpots during the day. The students taste-test the meal, receive the ingredients necessary to cook the meal at home in their free crockpot, and prep any necessary foods during class.

Survey results confirm that students are consuming more fresh, hot and healthy meals at home because of this innovative program!

From our newest partner organization.....

Girls on the Run inspires 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, they teach girls life skills through engaging lessons and running activities.


DEADLINE: Friday, May 12th
Fall 2017 Season Dates: 09/11/2017- 11/19/2017



Farm Fresh Rhode Island and New England Dairy & Food Council present the second annual Dairy Art Contest for all RI students in grades 5-8!

Submit a written, artistic or musical piece about the importance of RI dairy to win a farm field trip or a cow visit to your school!

Deadline for submissions:  April 28


Rhode Island is recognized for setting exceptional nutrition standards!

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project interviewed our own Wellness Coordinator Karin Wetherill and American Heart Association's Government Relations Director Megan Tucker about the importance of healthy eating and the importance of maintaining the momentum of improving school food environments.  READ MORE


Are you preparing for the fifth annual Every Kid Healthy Week from April 24-28?  RIHSC would LOVE to hear about your plans!  Send us your photos ( - we'd love to highlight your school in our eNews or on social media!

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements, shining a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. 

Join hundreds of schools that have already registered events, like Matoska International in White Bear Lake, Minnesota where all students will crunch into a green bean at the same time to kick off the week. Green beans recently won a taste test and will be incorporated into next year’s lunch menu.

Visit for more inspiration and resources to help you plan the best #EveryKidHealthyWeek event.

FREE and AMAZING Opportunities from Fuel Up to Play 60!

1. Free Back to School Poster! Schools with educators logging in now through June 1, 2017, will be eligible to receive a Back to School Poster this fall! Doesn’t your school need a cool new poster? All you have to do is log in now!

2. New Banner for all Touchdown Schools!
Score a Touchdown by April 1, 2017 and you’ll also score an awesome new Touchdown School Banner!  Log in  and complete all Six Steps on your Dashboard by April 1!

3. School Nutrition Equipment Grant: Apply Now
Fuel Up to Play 60 is offering grants of up to $5,000 to purchase school nutrition equipment. This offer is going on now! The deadline is April 28. To read more about this opportunity and to apply,
click here.

4. Funding Opportunity This Spring!
The new Playbook is coming in April with all new and fundable Plays for schools to implement! Up to $4,000 is available! For more information on this funding opportunity and to get ready to apply, click here.


Brown/Lifespan is excited to be conducting a study which will be looking at emotions and brain functioning in normal-weight and overweight children. They want to understand how children regulate their emotions, and whether this is related to their weight status or eating behavior, which may help develop more effective interventions for children struggling with their eating and weight.

Do you know a child that would participate in this important study?  Participants will be compensated for each of 2 study visits.


Please Contact Caroline!

Action for Healthy Kids SPRING WEBINARS: 

Wellness Wednesday: Promoting Screen-free Activities at School 
Wednesday, April 12, 4 - 4:30 pm (ET)
Our kids consume an average of seven hours of screen media per day. Reducing screen time can help children be more physically active, have a healthier diet and perform better in school. Join us for April’s Wellness Wednesday Webinar to learn how to organize Screen-Free Week and promote screen-free activities all year round for students and families in your school community.

Celebrating Your Volunteers: Wrapping Up the Year with a Big "Thank You" 
Tuesday, May 9, 2 - 3 pm (ET)
Join us for tips and ideas on how to recognize and thank all your awesome volunteers for their hard work this year and empower them to become even more engaged in the future.

Wellness Wednesday: Offering Healthy Snacks at School 
Wednesday, May 10, 4 - 4:30 pm (ET)
Snacks can make or break a healthy diet for both adults and kids. The right snacks can supply our bodies with nutrients we wouldn’t normally eat during meals and give students the energy need to learn and focus during class. Join this webinar to learn from schools across the country on ways to successfully serve healthy snacks to students during the school day. 


Karin and Kelly are gearing up for the 14th annual RIAND (RI Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics) Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5K Race and Color Me Red 1k Fun Run

WHEN:  Sunday, April 9, 2017
WHERE: Goddard Memorial State Park
WHO: Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages   

This year, families can run together in the new Color Me Red 1K Fun Run! Recommended: red clothing (the more the better) and red accessories – boas, sunglasses, tights, tutus, shoes, red face and body paint - be creative!


Many thanks to our supporters:

Visit thier websites: 
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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