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health in schools

Feature stories | May 2, 2019 >>

What started in October with one tray of basil at PS 349 in Jamaica, Queens, has grown into a hydroponics greenhouse, now ripe with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and parsley.

Feature stories | March 7, 2019 >>

Vital Brooklyn, a collaboration between the UFT, the state Department of Agriculture and Grow New York City, aims to promote healthy and affordable eating through fresh produce markets at schools in central Brooklyn that are in some of the state's most disadvantaged communities.

Your well-being | February 1, 2018 >>

Given the pressure and demands on school professionals, it is useful to think holistically about your own wellness and how to maintain your energy level throughout the day. Here are some tips for cultivating healthy habits in the workplace.

News | September 7, 2017 >>

There is something new on the menu this school year: free lunch for all New York City public school students.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

More than 150 educators, administrators and community health advocates gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 8 for the 2016 Excellence in School Wellness Award ceremony.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

It took more than a decade of fighting, but community activists, including Elba Cornier, a science teacher at PS/IS 157, succeeded in turning a small vacant lot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant/East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn into a green space the neighborhood sorely needs.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

“It was like Christmas in June,” PS 66 Chapter Leader Paul Turci said about a Food Bank for New York City giveaway at his Bronx school.

Testimony | December 9, 2015 >>

UFT Vice President for Non-DOE Members Anne Goldman testified before the City Council Committee on Health regarding community health planning.

News stories | September 10, 2015 >>

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease resemble those of other kinds of pneumonia: fever, muscle ache, chills and cough. Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics, and most people recover.

News stories | September 10, 2015 >>

The UFT responded swiftly to the news in late July that the Lafayette Alternative Learning Center was one of four sites that tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.

News stories | May 7, 2015 >>

There are some simple steps and school-wide policies that you can follow to decrease the likelihood that the children you teach will get head lice -- or spread it to other children if they get it.


News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Although it was largely eradicated from the United States 15 years ago, measles is making a comeback. Measles is highly contagious. It is imperative that you take the proper precautions to protect yourself, your colleagues and your students.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

Following simple, common-sense measures will prevent the spread of Enterovirus D68, Ebola in the unlikely event of an outbreak, and far more common illnesses like the flu or the common cold.

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