A campaign on Monday will begin for a wellness policy for students in New York schools meant to promote mental, physical and emotional well-being.
The campaign, backed by the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and Teachers College Columbia University, is pushing for $10 million in the state budget that would aid high-needs school districts for the implementation of the policy. And it would create an online resource to track its progress.
The program is meant to tackle a variety of issues facing students, including obesity and mental illness.
“We’re excited to announce the launch of the WELL Campaign,” said Claire Raffel, the director of the WELL Campaign.
“New York’s students have limitless potential, but our state government must do more to give our school districts the tools they need to address our students’ mental, physical and emotional well-being. By creating a state wellness policy and providing funding to help schools implement it, we can invest a small amount in our students’ future and gain a tremendous return on investment, while making New York a national leader in students’ health and well-being.”