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Herkimer County HealthNet Offers Grants to School Cafeteria Programs

October 9, 2012

 

HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet is offering Herkimer County public schools two grants up to $3,500 to be used for a sustainable plan for improving nutrition in school lunch programs.

 

Recommended strategies and measures to help communities tackle the problem of obesity through environmental change and policies that promote physical activity include:

 

• Increasing availability of healthier food and beverage choices in public service venues,
• Improving availability of affordable healthier food and beverage choices in public service venues,
• Reducing barriers to enrolling in free and reduced school lunch program,
• Increasing enrollment in free and reduced school lunch program,
• Improving availability of mechanisms for purchasing foods from farms,
• Restricting availability of less healthy foods and beverages in public service venues,
• Instituting smaller portion size options in public service venues,
• Limiting advertisements of less healthy foods and beverages,
• Discouraging the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

 

The deadline for submitting the grant applications is Friday, November 9, 2012. Grant applications are available from Herkimer County HealthNet. Interested schools should contact Adam Hutchinson, Executive Director at: ahutchinson@herkimercounty.org.

 

Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.

CONTACT: Adam Hutchinson, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.


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