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Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Rock on Cafe
If you don't have an elementary student in your household you may not have heard of the Rock on Café. The Rock on Café, led by Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service Program and the Broome County Health Department, is a program implemented into cafeterias in 15 school districts throughout Broome and Tioga County. This program allows schools to purchase healthier and higher quality foods. Within the first year of the program there was a 14% increase in the purchase of fruits and vegetables. Through stealth nutrition initiatives schools have not only seen an improvement in children's health, they've also seen an improvement in their own cafeterias. Check out some of their work:
• Backpack Program
o The Rock on Café teams up with the Food Bank every spring to hold a food drive called "Week of Caring." It allows them to take all donations they receive and provide children who are at risk of hunger over the weekend or school vacation with easy to make, healthy, kid friendly meals.
Breakfast in the Classroom
o Breakfast in the Classroom gives students an option of a hot and cold breakfast each morning. A well-fed kid can stay and focused until lunch.
School Gardens
o Schools such as Binghamton and Johnson City embarked on what they hope to be an interactive learning experience. They've planted school gardens to teach students nutritional value. Many other area schools are in the planning process to follow suit.