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Creating Healthy Schools and Communities

Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) is a New York State Department of Health initiative to reduce health risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and chronic disease by increasing access to affordable and nourishing foods in schools and the surrounding neighborhood. There are two key components to the initiative: the in-school wellness and physical activity done through Western Suffolk BOCES (WSB) and the community outreach done through Sustainable Long Island (SLI) and Stony Brook Medicine (SBM). Both components are being conducted in the Long Island School Districts and communities of Roosevelt, Wyandanch, Central Islip, Brentwood and Southampton (Shinnecock).

Below are more specifics on the main objectives of In-School Wellness and Community Outreach. The entire team collaborates regularly about efforts planned and underway in each of the selected communities.

In-School Wellness

  • Work with School District Wellness Committee to assess, strengthen and communicate the wellness policy, addressing foods and physical activity available in the school.
  • Establish a wellness team in at least one building in each district and assist team with policy implementation (i.e., increase exposure to healthy snacks, establish a walking club, provide classroom tools for physical activity breaks, expand active recess).
  • Engage students, staff and families in health promotion activities, develop a school wellness team name and logo, heighten awareness of its efforts, publicize activities and events, and celebrate successes.

Community Outreach

These efforts seek to reinforce the in-school health and wellness programming.

Healthy Food Retail:
(Roosevelt, Wyandanch, Central Islip-SLI, Brentwood and Southampton-SBM)

  • Identify and work with local retailers in close proximity to the schools where little or no healthy food or beverage items are available for purchase. The overall goal is increased access to healthy and affordable food through partnerships with local retailers.


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Complete Streets:
(Roosevelt, Wyandanch, Central Islip, Brentwood, Southampton-SLI)

  • Increase physical activity by making improvements (influencing  and/or advocating for) to the built environment by adding Complete Streets features, such as wayfinding signage, paint in crosswalks, bus shelters, bike lanes, etc.

Worksite Wellness:
(Wyandanch, Central Islip, Brentwood, Southampton-SBM)

  • Identify and partner with community organizations, such as worksites, daycares, after-school programs and faith-based organizations, to adopt food/nutrient standards and increase access to and consumption of healthy, affordable foods and beverages. Nutrition education and wellness campaigns are provided to support healthy eating patterns. 

For more information, please call (631) 595-6843.