Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years across the United States and here in our community. In an effort to address this major health issue, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation recently renewed and increased a grant award to Crouse Hospital for $15,000 to expand nutrition educational activities at Hughes Elementary School in Syracuse.
The grant provides funding for Healthy Habits at Hughes, an educational program that educates students, staff and parents on how to move toward better eating, specifically by using portion control and adding more fruits and vegetables to their daily diets.
This year’s program launched with the school’s Back to School BBQ, where students and parents received frozen bananas as a healthy dessert and many of the students made pledges to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables and their physical activity. These messages will be reinforced to the entire student body this year with three separate lectures in each classroom, presented by a registered dietitian, and special events including a Healthy Habits at Hughes Math and Science Night and Family Fun Night, as well as a Taste of Hughes food sampling event.
As part of Crouse Hospital’s mission to provide the best in patient care and to promote community health, hospital employees have provided support for health and wellness activities and planning to Hughes School and the Syracuse City School District since 2003. Crouse Hospital also participates as a member of the Say Yes to Education Health and Wellness Task Force.
The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation strives to enrich the lives of kids in need within the Central New York community, as well as provide support for eliminating cancer through research and advocacy.
For more information about the Healthy Habits at Hughes program, call 315/470-7105 or contact Leesa Kelley.