The Rockland County Department of Health is one of 25 communities to receive a Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant from the New York State Department of Health. The purpose of the grant is to increase access to physical activity and healthy nutrition for students and residents to reduce risk factors for obesity.

Between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2020, staff in the Health Department's Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention will work with the East Ramapo Central School District and the Towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown on several projects to boost physical activity and make healthy food options common place in school, public sites, worksites, community-based organizations, and in corner stores. The grant will provide funds to improve policies, practices, and environmental supports that make the healthy choice the easy choice.

For more information about the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant, call the Health Department at (845)364-2500 or email