Thank you, Pittsburgh, for giving residents and visitors safer streets for walking, biking, and increased physical activity!
When the nonprofit organization FoodCorps launched about a year and a half ago, 50 service members were placed in underserved communities in 10 states to teach children about healthy food.
FoodCorps has seen impressive growth ever since. The AmeriCorps-affiliated program is now preparing to serve communities in 15 states — and is seeking recruits for 130 year-long service positions that begin this fall.
FoodCorps service members build and tend school gardens, help bring nutritious local food into school cafeterias and teach kids about the importance of healthy food. Recruits serve communities that have limited resources and high rates of obesity, partnering with local community organizations that are helping do the work on the ground.
For their year of service, FoodCorps members receive benefits including a $15,000 living allowance, $5,550 to pay tuition or student loans, health insurance and training and mentorship. Aside from being at least 18 years old at the start of service, a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent U.S. resident and a high school graduate, there aren’t any specific qualifications.
However, FoodCorps says on its website successful service members are “passionate about building a healthier future for school children” and “are committed to working hard in order to make a difference.” Many also have experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing or public service.
Applications are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 24. FoodCorps is scheduled to host informational conference calls at 5 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 13 and March 12 to help walk potential recruits through the application process. Call 218-936-4700 and use the access code 7904113# to take part.
Two new complete streets and equity reports have been released and are the result of a project to study equity elements in complete streets policies, the characteristics of communities with equity elements in their policies, and to qualitatively understand how equity elements in complete streets policies are being implemented in practice. Learn more about the reports here.
Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
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Mayor or other local executive office
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Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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