Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
To end childhood obesity.
Wellness in the Schools is a national non-profit that teaches kids healthy habits to learn and live better.
We partner with public schools to provide nutrition and fitness education, healthy scratch-cooked meals and active recess periods. Our approach improves student outcomes and drives systemic, long-term change, shifting school cultures.
Over one-third of children under the age of 18 in the United States are overweight or obese. Children spend about 12,000 hours in school between kindergarten and high school graduation, making schools the ideal environment to shape their wellness behavior."
“By giving kids access to fresh, nutritious food and showing them how to make the most of it, we help turn healthy habits into something even better: healthy lifestyles.”
CHALK-Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids
"Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK) is New York Presbyterian’s (NYP) obesity prevention program in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the community of Northern Manhattan. The program developed out of a need to serve the high risk, predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights/Inwood. The goal of CHALK is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in Northern Manhattan by creating an environment in which healthy lifestyles are integral to the lives of all children and their families. CHALK’s areas of focus are community organizations and programs, early childhood centers, public schools, faith-based organizations, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s outpatient pediatric practices."
Our fifth graders have the amazing opportunity to learn a multitude of dances from various cultures. This dance opportunity is a privileged provided to our graduating class for their hard work, enthusiasm, and perseverance! At the end of the course, a selected few are chosen to perform in a ballroom dancing competition!
CookShop in Schools-Food Bank For New York City
"With hands-on workshops reaching over 50,000 New Yorkers annually across all five boroughs, Cook-Shop teaches nutrition and physical activity information, as well as cooking skills, fostering enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods."
"Computer Science for All (CS4All) will ensure all NYC public school students learn computer science, with an emphasis on female, black and Latino students. Through our work, students will be better prepared to utilize computer science during their K-12 experience and after graduation."
New Victory Theatre
"The New Victory offers a unique opportunity for students ranging in ages from Pre-K to 12th grade to experience live performances in the heart of New York City’s Theater District. To date, nearly 570,000 students and teachers have experienced a broad spectrum of dance, theater, music, puppetry, new vaudeville and circus productions from around the world. Many of these students experience their first ever live performance at The New Victory Theater. Committed to building impactful and long-lasting relationships with schools and youth programs through the performing arts, New Victory Education helps educators infuse creativity across the curriculum."