Wellness Council

 School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Implementation and Continuation Grant Winners

The annual School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program funds and supports district public schools to create or strengthen SWCs. Grantee schools receive funding along with technical assistance and one-on-one support from the School Wellness Works team and SWC Mentors; professional development; networking opportunities; resources; tools; and incentives to create a SWC, or further develop the work of an existing wellness council.

SWC Implementation Grant: District public schools new to the SWC grant program are eligible to apply for a $2,500 award to create or strengthen a school wellness council and develop practical and innovative ways to address various components of wellness for students and the school community (e.g., physical education, health education, physical activity, food, school environment, community wellness, and other wellness-related initiatives). The 2015-2016 application is now closed.

View the 2015-2016 SWC Implementation Grant Winners.

SWC Continuation Grant: In the last two years, more than 225 grant-awarded councils at district public schools across New York City have successfully developed action plans to either improve or strengthen components of wellness they've identified using the School Wellness Works Portal Scorecard. These schools are invited to apply for continuation grants to fund ongoing wellness-related projects for healthier, happier students, and continue to show districts and schools how School Wellness Works. The 2015-2016 application is now closed.

View the 2015-2016 SWC Continuation Grant winners.

What is a School Wellness Council?
The first recommendation in the NYC Wellness Policies is for each school to develop a School Wellness Council (SWC) to create an environment in which schools can holistically and systematically prioritize PE and health education as cornerstones of school wellness, while also creating more opportunities for physical activity, nutrition, and health related improvements across the entire schools community. A School Wellness Council (SWC) is an advisory group concerned with the health and wellbeing of students, staff, and the school community. A wellness council functions best when there is representation from across the school community, including students, teachers, school nurses, administrators, school food staff, custodians, mental health providers, and community based organizations. School Wellness Councils are a great way for parents/guardians and parent associations to participate in implementing City and school wellness policies by either serving on the SWC or volunteering with its programs and subcommittees (e.g., gardening, wellness event planning). For more information about what a School Wellness Council (or School Health Council) is and how to start one, click here.

To stay up to date on all school wellness related resources and opportunities, register for  the School Wellness Weekly newsletter by clicking here. Also, click on The School Wellness Works Portal, an online system designed for NYC public schools to access reliable wellness resources and address the health and fitness needs of the school community in a comprehensive and sustainable way.