Healthy Children/Healthy Schools

The Healthy Children/Healthy Schools program helps schools provide more opportunities for students to get physical activity, eat healthy and create overall wellness. It aims to promote healthy and equitable school environments.

Through this program, the Health Department’s Neighborhood Health Action Centers help schools:

  • Connect to resources and programming to support wellness in schools.
  • Organize school wellness councils comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents and students.
  • Support staff- and parent-led wellness programs.
  • Develop school-level wellness policies, such as policies on healthy snacks and beverages and physical activity in the classroom, as well as holding healthy fundraisers.
  • Identify and work toward achieving wellness goals.
  • Hold presentations on the effects of sugary drinks, and of unhealthy food and beverage marketing.

You can help improve the health of your school community with resources from our Healthy Schools Toolkit.

NYC Excellence in School Wellness Award

As part of the Healthy Children/Healthy Schools program, the New York City Excellence in School Wellness Award (ESWA) recognizes elementary schools that are making an effort to create healthy school environments and a culture of wellness. The award highlights school practices and policies that promote children’s health and wellness.

All New York City elementary schools are encouraged to apply each year.

Healthy Children/Healthy Schools is operated by the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity. To learn more about the program or ESWA, email

¡Buen Provecho!- Eat Well

Eating Healthy for Success Curriculum for PreK through first graders (PDF)
The Eating Healthy for Success curriculum was developed as part of the ¡Buen Provecho!- Eat Well program by the NYC Health Department, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to promote healthy eating of PreK through first grade students and their caregivers in East Harlem. The curriculum consists of 35 fun lessons for flexible implementation by PreK, Kindergarten and 1stgrade teachers throughout the school year. Each lesson encourages the exploration of healthy foods while integrating New York State Next Generation learning standards.

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