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Healthy Kids Committee

About the Healthy Kids Committee

The mission of the Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee is to work in cooperation with all levels of district administration and personnel, Bethlehem students and families, and the larger community to improve nutrition, physical activity, environmental health and overall wellness of all students in the Bethlehem Central School District with a goal of providing the best possible environment in which our students can learn. For more information or to join us in this mission, please contact us at bethlehemhealthykids@gmail.com.


Farm to You Fest 2017 (October 2-7)

It’s Fall and that means it is time for our 9th Annual Farm to You Fest! Mark your calendars for the week of October 2nd! Farm to You Fest is a statewide celebration of local farms and food. It is a program out of NYS Ag and Markets. At Bethlehem CSD, it has been a great tradition and we are pleased to offer this special week in partnership with the Delmar Farmers Market, the Green Team, the Food Service Department and our PTAs and PTOs. We hope your child will enjoy celebrating Farm to You Fest both at school and with you at home; each of our schools participates in different ways but one common theme is the appreciation of fresh produce that is grown locally, so tasty and good for our health!

Below are some ways to participate. Enjoy!

IN ALL SCHOOLS…

Squash Hunger Produce Drive (All week): Donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need. Collection bins are at each of the schools. Designated volunteers will bring them to McCarroll’s/Delmar Marketplace each day. Any fresh produce is welcome (butternut squash, apples, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, beets, pears, etc.)

Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 7): Visit any local farmers market with your checklist in hand. Turn in your completed checklist at the Delmar Saturday Farmers Market (at the BCSD Middle School; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) on October 7th, or at the main office by Tuesday, Oct. 10 for a farm-fresh prize at school! (2 local markets include Tuesdays at the Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave and Saturdays at the Middle School). A big thank you to our Delmar Farmers Market vendors for donating the prizes once again this year.

Try School Lunch (All week): Did you know that many of the fruits and veggies in our school lunches come from local farms? Why not give these farm-fresh lunches a try? We have local apples and apple cider from Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY. Tomatoes, Squash and Corn on the Cob from Brizzell Farms in Melrose, NY. Chobani Yogurt made in New Berlin, NY using milk from NY dairy cows. As always, all our milk is locally sourced from Sycaway Creamery in Troy, NY and comes from New England dairy cows.

Pack a Farm Fresh Snack (All week): Pack whole fruits or veggies for snacks this week. Sliced apples and pears, cucumbers, carrots…all in season in NY now!

AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL…

Salad for Kids Day (Friday, October 6): For all lunch periods at the BCMS, there will be free, freshly picked salads! Nothing beats the fresh taste of just-picked lettuce, radishes, carrots and more! All of the produce is organically grown by students and community members. You can’t get more local than the produce grown in the middle school garden! It is always a popular event! 

Please see individual school web pages for specific details, as each school does things a little differently. We hope you enjoy this special week and all the delicious and healthy produce that NY farmers grow for us!

Meeting Dates

Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee holds monthly meetings to plan for our special events and discuss our advocacy work. Here are our meeting dates listed below. As a reminder, all Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee meetings will be at 7pm at the Bethlehem Public Library. They are in the board room unless otherwise noted.

Farm to You Fest is week of October 2, 2017 
Healthy Kids Week is week of May 7, 2018

  • Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 (community room)
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • No December meeting
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 (community room)
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • No June meeting

Resources

Michele Obama calls on American families to fight obesity

See Michele Obama’s call to action for American families to stay active and fight childhood obesity: http://www.letsmove.gov/