State Health Department Recognizes Schools Participating in Statewide Activ8Kids! Obesity Prevention Campaign

ALBANY, October 19, 2005 – The State Health Department today announced that 78 schools in 28 counties across the state are now participating in New York's new Activ8Kids! program to help fight childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles among children. This new educational and awareness campaign encourages children, parents and schools statewide to adopt the Activ8Kids! daily message of eating five (5) fruits and vegetables; engaging in at least one (1) hour of physical activity; and reducing screen-time (TV and video games) to fewer than (2) two hours (5+1+2=8).

"We are pleased that schools statewide have joined us in promoting New York's Activ8Kids! message by creating opportunities for students to engage in physical activities, consume more fruits and vegetables and reduce screen time," said State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. "We ask parents, schools and the community to develop events and programs that get children more involved and encourage them to make their own healthy lifestyle choices."

Elementary schools in New York State were encouraged to participate in the Activ8Kids! program during New York State's 360-mile Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour across Upstate New York. Schools who voluntarily participated were asked to create opportunities for students to engage in additional physical activities and adopt healthy lifestyles.

For example, schools such as Onondaga County's East Syracuse Elementary School participated in the campaign by hosting a 'Walk to School Day' and getting parents involved in the Activ8Kids! message. Parents walked their children to school and received healthy snacks when they arrived.

Students at Great Neck Road Elementary School in Suffolk County participated in a variety of physical activities totaling between 45 minutes to one hour per day. They also learned about the importance of regular physical activity to guard against heart disease and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and kidney disease.

Approximately 25,000 children enrolled in the 78 schools completed the Activ8Kids! participation form and have been recognized as leaders in this statewide promotional campaign. Each of the participating schools received a 2005 "Certificate of Recognition" from the State Health Department for their dedication and contributions to this initiative.

For more information on the Activ8Kids! program, the Bike Ride and Recognition Tour, please visit the State Health Department's web site (www.health.ny.gov).

The following schools received 2005 'Certificates of Recognition' for their participation in New York's Activ8Kids! campaign:

School County
Guilderland Elementary School
St. Catherine of Siena School
Horace Mann School
Lorraine Hansberry Academy
Public School 42-School District 9
Public School 56-School District 10
Public School 153-Helen Keller School
Public School 178-Dr. Selman Waxman School
Herman Avenue Elementary School
Owasco Elementary School
Beekmantown Elementary School
St. Peter's School
Livingston Adventist School
Franklyn S. Barry Elementary School
Estelle and Alfonso PreK & K program
Bennett Park Montessori
Blessed Sacrament School
Highland Elementary School
Resurrection School
Smallwood Drive Elementary School
Springville Elementary School
Windermere Boulevard Elementary School
Brushton-Moira Central School
Big Apple Academy
Public School 23K-Carter G. Woodson School
Public School 92K-Adrian Hegeman School
Public School 116K-Elizabeth Farrell School
Public School 233-Langston Hughes School
Public School 361-School District 22
Public School 398K-School District 17, Region 6
Seneca Street Elementary School
Boardman Elementary School No. 9E
Forest Road School
Greentrees Country Day School
Hamza School
Little Red Train Private School
Manor Oaks School
Roberts Street Middle School
Southside Elementary School
Geraldine J. Mann Elementary School
E.A McAllister Elementary School
J.D. George Elementary School
West Leyden Elementary School
East Syracuse Elementary School
Pere LeMoyne Elementary School
Soule Road Elementary School
Stonehedge Elementary School
Midlakes Intermediate School
Victor Intermediate School
Victor Primary School
Park Avenue Elementary School
Smith Clove Elementary School
The Brookwood School
Upstate Homes for Children and Adults
Matthew Paterson Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Public School 80Q-Thurgood Marshall School
Public School 90Q-Horace Mann School
Public School 140-Edward K. Ellington School
Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School
Genet Elementary School
Our Lady of Victory School
Pinewood Intermediate School
Rosendale Elementary School
Jasper-Troupsburg Central School
Great Neck Road Elementary School
Hampton Bays Elementary School
Marion G. Vedder Elementary School
Moriches Elementary School
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
South Street School
Southhold Elementary School
Wading River School
Plattekill Elementary School
Greenwich Elementary School
Perkins Elementary School
Brookside Elementary School
King Street School