The Daily Star — Though we know healthy kids learn better, kids need to learn to be healthy, and schools are key to making this happen. In July, the United States Department of Agriculture released a new school wellness policy rule that has the potential for meaningful, positive impact on the health of our nation’s children, especially those that are underserved. With this ruling, districts were to start revising their policies last August, and will need to fully comply with the requirements by June 30.

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Locally, The SUNY Cobleskill Research Foundation is partnering with Bassett Healthcare on a five-year grant called Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, funded by the New York State Department of Health. The grant is in part, providing regional schools with free resources, technical assistance and other wellness policy tools to inform and assist those involved in shaping their school’s wellness policy.

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