The purpose of the Empowering a Healthier Generation Program is to engage Sullivan County School Districts in promoting health and wellness among students, staff, parents and their communities. As Sullivan County struggles at the bottom of the county health rankings each year, our children and youth continue to pay the price with poor health outcomes. The goal of Empowering a Healthier Generation is to create a grassroots movement that will change policy and environments; while demonstrating that individuals and families have an important role to play in building a culture of health for themselves and the next generation.
In January 2021 we kicked off the Preparation Phase of the Empowering a Healthier Generation Program. Since then, we have welcomed Healthier Generation Advisors in every Sullivan County School District, BOCES, and SUNY Sullivan. We have a total of 20 HG Advisors and so much work to celebrate!
Together we have built the Sullivan Healthier Generation Council, which includes the Wellness Coordinators from all 8 school district and BOCES, the 20 HG Advisors in individual school buildings and the 26 local organizations that make up the Healthier Generation School Resource Committee. By December 2021, we have awarded $26,000 in Preparation Grants that have supported wellness projects. We are very proud to celebrate these successes with updates from all participating schools!