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RIHSC plays an active role as a connector and convener in the RI school wellness community.
Our many relationships, within school districts and with state and community partners, are strengthened by our active participation in district wellness meetings and through collaboration with community partners. These connections continually expand as we engage people and organizations on social media, through our monthly e-newsletter and through initiatives that address the health and wellness needs of school communities.
local food ambassador
In partnership with RI Farm to School, we developed this program to train volunteer Local Food Ambassadors to conduct cafeteria taste tests for the purpose of creating awareness and greater consumption of local produce in RI school cafeterias.
Learn more about Local Food Ambassador HERE or email Karin Wetherill to learn more about the Local Food Ambassador program and explore how your school can get involved.
RIHSC offers guidance and personalized technical assistance to all RI district wellness committees and schools.
Whether it’s working with school leadership and sharing resources and tools to develop and implement comprehensive wellness policies, sharing national and local best practices and strategies for promoting healthy bodies and minds or providing school-based programs for students and staff with our partner organizations, we are prepared to help schools achieve their wellness goals.
move a thon
Move a Thon offers schools a turnkey fundraising option for a movement-based fundraiser as a healthy alternative to junk food fundraisers that have been relied on in the past. RIHSC will give you the planning tools you need to replace cookie dough and candy fundraisers with ones centered around fun, healthy physical activity!
Email Kelly Swanson to learn more about Move a Thon and how your school can plan a healthy fundraiser.
recess rocks in ri
Recess Rocks in Rhode Island is a partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and Playworks New England.
It is a free training program for school and recess staff, designed by Playworks and funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, to ensure that recess is a safe, meaningful, and healthy experience for every child.
Learn more about Recess Rocks in RI HERE and email Karin Wetherill to explore how your school can get involved.
power up pe pd
In this program, RIHSC coordinates relevant professional development workshops for
physical education teachers, using the evidence-based PowerUp PE content during scheduled district PD days.
Learn more about PowerUp PE HERE and email Karin Wetherill to explore how your school can benefit from these resources.