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Other programs

The union supports a number of other health and wellness programs in New York City schools.

Healthy fundraising

Schools should be places where healthy eating and regular exercise are promoted. The role of schools in shaping these positive behaviors is especially important as an obesity epidemic sweeps the nation—31 percent of U.S. school-age children are over-weight or obese. In New York City, the problem is even more serious—39 percent of school-aged children in the city are overweight or obese. Fundraising that involves students and their parents is a common way for schools to bring in needed funds. Unfortunately, these fundraising drives often involve selling foods high in fat, sugar, salt and calories — creating a mixed message in schools trying to teach positive lifestyle habits. School Wellness Councils can ensure school communities work towards meeting the DOE Wellness Policy, including healthier fundraising options that are fun, healthy, and active for students, families, and staff.

Quitting smoking

For tips to quit smoking, visit NYC Quits. Support is available. 

Visit the New York State Smokers Quitline or call 866-NY-QUITS to apply for a free starter kit of nicotine medications and to talk with a quit coach.