Rockland coalition for active, healthy kids meets Oct. 11

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The Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition will have its first meeting of the school year Oct. 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Rockland BOCES, building 3's multipurpose room, located at 65 Parrott Rd. in West Nyack.

Parents, school representatives, community members and businesses are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will introduce this year's theme: Promote 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous, fun physical activity every day for every child, according to a news release issued Thursday.

"Physical activity improves mood, health and readiness to learn and is vitally important for people of all ages," said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County commissioner of health. Schools, families and community programs all can help keep youngsters active, she added.

From 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the same location, the Health Insurance for Children and Youth work group will meet to discuss ways to promote Child Health Plus so that all of Rockland's children and teens have health insurance.

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The vision of the School Health and Wellness Coalition is to have the healthiest students in the nation. Its mission is to educate and facilitate collaboration among schools, local agencies and businesses to support, optimize and sustain the health and productivity of students, school staff and community, according to the news release.

Formed in 2008, the School Health and Wellness Coalition has 56 members representing schools, businesses and organizations that meet quarterly to learn about local resources that promote nutrition education, physical activity, collaborations, school health and other topics. The coalition produced materials for schools and community groups to promote the family meal and designed an online School Resource Guide (www.rocklandsteps.org/school-resource-guide) for school personnel and parents.

For more information, contact Carrie Steindorff, Rockland County's school health coordinator, at 845-364-2360 or steindoc@co.rockland.ny.us. Or visit www.rocklandsteps.org/health-coalition.

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