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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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On July 6, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island launched a fun, family-friendly Facebook campaign, dubbed “Badge Up This Summer” to encourage Rhode Island children to eat right, stay active and maintain healthy habits all summer long. From now until August 28, mascot Buddy the Badger will provide parents with information, resources and practical tips for good health with prizes along the way!

Learn more on the "Badge Up This Summer" Facebook page.
The Learning First Alliance Rhode Island is pleased to present a summer professional-learning opportunity on August 11th (8am-1:30pm) for educators, policy-makers, parents, and community teams on the topic of “Whole Child Education in Rhode Island".  The conference is organized around five key tenets that effectively demonstrate how recognized Rhode Island practitioners work to help all children and youth be healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged in their school communities and classrooms. 
 
Registration and session information is available at www.lfari.org.  
The City of Providence Healthy Communities Office has created the Summer Fun Tour, an outreach and awareness program visiting each open summer meals site with information about community resources and information specifically about RIte Care. And Wednesdays don't miss the Healthy Kids Zone Events, where over 20 community partners share  games, music, physical activities, art, nutrition and more at open summer meal sites.  

For more information and dates/locations please visit the Healthy Communities Office website
Join RI Families in Nature on Saturday, August 8th for a family hike at Tillinghast Pond in West Greenwich! RI Families in Nature is a free group, open to every type of family, friends and neighbors, too. It was created by and for families who want to spend more time outdoors, explore RI’s natural places, and reconnect with and reap the many benefits of nature.  

More information: www.rifamiliesinnature.org
Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) is  pleased to announce this year’s Lights On Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions event will take place on Wednesday, October 21st at Rhodes on the Pawtucket. This year’s theme is: Passion, Potential, Possibility and will feature nationally renowned educator and author, Johnathan Kozol.  

To stay up to date on Lights On and other RIASPA events, professional development, and afterschool research visit www.afterschoolri.org
The 16th Annual Back to School Celebration will take place on Saturday, August 15th, 2015, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This year’s celebration will be hosted at eleven community sites located in Providence, Central Falls, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Newport, Cumberland and Pawtucket, attracting about 14,000 students and their families. Students will receive free backpacks with school supplies, including lunch and entertainment.

Download a flyer here. Any questions, please email Miosotis Alsina at malsina@lifespan.org or call 401-444-2955.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at the University of Rhode Island is recruiting income-eligible adult and youth groups for nutrition education workshops for the 2015-2016 academic year. Six and eight-week series of workshops for both adults and children are available.

Call Katie Mulligan, EFNEP Director, at 401-277-5274 for more information or to book a series for your group. EFNEP Website: web.uri.edu/efnep
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is excited to launch Harvest of the Month - a local foods marketing & promotion campaign for all RI cafeterias. Each month we will promote a seasonal vegetable and/or fruit. FFRI willl provide cafeterias with colorful posters & stickers for students, as well as advice on where to source the featured items. Farm Fresh will also identify educational resources for teachers to use to celebrate Harvest of the Month in classrooms. 

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

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.
Are you trying to help Rhode Islanders eat healthy on a limited budget?
The University of Rhode Island SNAP-Ed nutrition education program can help!  URI SNAP-Ed provides nutrition education to the low income population of Rhode Island. The mission of URI SNAP-Ed is to empower participants to choose nutritious foods and be physically active within the constraints of a limited budget.  Aside from FREE direct programming with SNAP-eligibles of all ages and professional development for those who work with those audiences, we also provide nutrition handouts, recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Visit web.uri.edu/SnapEd for more information or call the toll-free hotline at 1-877-FOOD-URI.

 
SAVE THE DATE for the RI Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance RIAHPERD Fall Conference.  It will be held at Cumberland High School on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8am-3pm.  Join them for K-12 sessions on Physical Education and Health....and great raffle prizes!  
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