Health and Wellness

Health and wellness

The UFT is dedicated to working with schools to build healthier communities. In this day and age, with childhood obesity and other health issues on the rise, it is of the utmost importance that educators work closely with community groups to improve students’ health. To that end, along with our partners, we support a number of health and wellness programs in New York City schools.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Part of DOH efforts to address health disparities in high-need neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma and obesity, the program provides students in participating elementary schools with a free — and healthy — daily breakfast of juice or fruit, cereal, milk, a bread item such as a bagel, roll, or muffin, or a dairy item such as yogurt or cheese.


CookShop, the federally funded nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City, provides children, teens and adults with the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a nutritious diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget.


Move-to-Improve is a classroom-based physical activity program designed by the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to increase physical activity among students in elementary school.

We are committed to implementing these programs in schools throughout the city. We hope this webpage, with the various resources it offers, will help more educators become involved in promoting the health and wellness of their colleagues, students and communities.

Contact Us

For more information on health and wellness programs in city schools, contact Lisa Lau at 212-598-7763 or by e-mail at


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Runners and walkers race past the starting line at MCU Park on Coney Island.

Nearly 200 runners and walkers dashed through starting-line balloons at the fourth annual UFT 5K Family Run/Walk on May 6 at MCU Park in Coney Island. Participants raised almost $6,000 for the UFT Disaster Relief Fund.

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