State provides funds to increase school access to healthy foods

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ALBANY – The state health department
is providing funds for area agencies to access healthy local foods and promote
daily physical activity in school districts.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, Nepperhan Community Center
in Yonkers, Orange County Department of Health and Rockland County Department
of Health will reach receive $250,000.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County will use its funding for
the Fallsburg, Liberty and Monticello school districts.

The Nepperhan Community Center will use its funding for the Yonkers district.

Orange County Health Department will apply its grant in the cities of Newburgh
and Port Jervis.

Rockland County Department of Health will use its funding for the East Ramapo
Central School District.
“Poor nutrition and physical inactivity
are major risk factors for chronic diseases like obesity that are plaguing
New York State,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.