School Wellness Councils

A School Wellness Council is a group of parents, students, school staff, and community members who work together and with the school administration to promote a healthy school community. The DOE Wellness Policy encourages all schools to have a School Wellness Council. If you are part of a School Wellness Council, you will attend regular meetings at your school and help with:

  • Making sure the school provides high-quality physical education and health education
  • Making sure the school is following the DOE Wellness Policy
  • Starting physical activity clubs and organizing fitness events
  • Creating healthy snack policies and encouraging your school to follow them
  • School gardens
  • Promoting the importance of healthy food
  • Promoting inclusivity and diversity

DOE Wellness Policy

Read the full Department of Education Wellness Policy.

Click one of the links below to learn more :

Join a School Wellness Council

Schools need diverse parent voices in order to understand what the school community needs and to decide what programs and policies will help keep their community healthy. If you want to join a School Wellness Council:

  1. Ask your parent coordinator if your school already has a wellness council. If so, contact the council leader to find out how to get involved.
  2. If your school does not have a wellness council, speak to your principal or the parent coordinator and let them know you are interested in starting one.
  3. Email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov for help. Staff from the DOE Office of School Wellness Programs can reach out to your school to help them start a council and apply for a grant.

School Wellness Council Grants

All DOE public schools can apply for two kinds of grants in the fall of every school year:

  • Implementation grants of $2,500 help schools start a wellness council.
  • Continuation grants of $1,000 help schools support the work of an existing council.

School staff and members of the School Wellness Council can apply for these grants shortly after the start of the school year. If you’re interested in helping your school apply, you can talk to your parent coordinator about the program. Visit the Wellness Council Manager on the Wellness Hub (non-DOE employees will need to create an account, first).

Sign up for School Wellness Weekly to get information about the grant application and other school-wellness-related grants, programs, tips, and news.

For more information about School Wellness Councils, email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov.

2019-20 Implementation Grant Winners

  • The Facing History School
  • The 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School
  • Millennium High School
  • Ballet Tech, NYC Public School for Dance
  • P.S. 166 The Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology
  • P.S. 242 The Young Diplomats Magnet Academy
  • Concourse Village Elementary School
  • Renaissance H.S. for Musical Theatre and the Arts
  • Pelham Lab High School
  • P.S. 199X – The Shakespeare School
  • P.S. 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School
  • P.S. 032 Belmont
  • P.S. 086 Kingsbridge Heights
  • School for Environmental Citizenship
  • M.S. 390
  • P.S. 134 George F. Bristow
  • E.S.M.T. – I.S. 190
  • I.S. 915
  • P.S. 094 The Henry Longfellow
  • The Brooklyn Green School
  • P.S. 397 Foster-Laurie
  • P.S. 399 Stanley Eugene Clark
  • P.S. 108 Sal Abbracciamento
  • P.S. 213 New Lots
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School
  • P.S. 238 Anne Sullivan
  • International High School at Lafayette
  • P.S. 193 Gil Hodges
  • Origins High School
  • P.S. 133 Queens
  • P.S. 108 Captain Vincent G. Fowler
  • P.S. 121 Queens
  • The 30th Avenue School (G&T Citywide)
  • Newcomers High School
  • P.S. K811 Connie Lekas School

2019-20 Continuation Grant Winners

  • P.S. 020 Anna Silver
  • P.S. 051 Elias Howe
  • New Design High School
  • Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School
  • P.S. 036 Margaret Douglas
  • P.S. 175 Henry H Garnet
  • P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek
  • P.S. 128 Audubon
  • Paula Hedbavny School
  • P.S. 043 Jonas Bronck
  • P.S. 049 Willis Avenue
  • Young Leaders Elementary School
  • P.S. 062 Inocensio Casanova
  • The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School
  • School for Tourism and Hospitality
  • P.S./M.S. 004 Crotona Park West
  • P.S. 055 Benjamin Franklin
  • P.S. 170
  • Lucero Elementary School
  • The Family School
  • Mount Eden Children’s Academy
  • South Bronx International Middle School
  • P.S. 059 The Community School of Technology
  • P.S. 085 Great Expectations
  • P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher
  • The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions
  • In-Tech Academy (M.S./High School 368)
  • Creston Academy
  • Cornerstone Academy for Social Action
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School
  • The Metropolitan Soundview High School
  • High School of World Cultures
  • P.S. 044 Marcus Garvey
  • P.S. 046 Edward C. Blum
  • P.S. 270 Johann DeKalb
  • Urban Assembly School of Music and Art
  • Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
  • P.S. 059 William Floyd
  • P.S. 084 Jose De Diego
  • John Ericsson Middle School 126
  • P.S. 147 Isaac Remsen
  • Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School
  • P.S. 001 The Bergen
  • P.S. 015 Patrick F. Daly
  • P.S. 024
  • P.S. 032 Samuel Mills Sprole
  • P.S. 038 The Pacific
  • P.S. 039 Henry Bristow
  • P.S. 130 The Parkside
  • P.S. 295
  • P.S. 249 The Caton
  • New Bridges Elementary
  • P.S. 66
  • P.S. 115 Daniel Mucatel School
  • P.S. 276 Louis Marshall
  • P.S. 158 Warwick
  • J.H.S. 218 James P. Sinnott
  • Multicultural High School
  • Academy of Innovative Technology
  • Brooklyn Lab School
  • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
  • The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare
  • P.S. 102 The Bayview
  • P.S. 105 The Blythebourne
  • P.S. 127 McKinley Park
  • P.S. 186 Dr. Irving A Gladstone
  • J.H.S. 259 William McKinley
  • P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
  • P.S. 153 Homecrest
  • P.S. 139 Alexine A Fenty
  • P.S. 327 Dr. Rose B. English
  • Mott Hall IV
  • P.S. 019 Marino Jeantet
  • P.S. 102 Bayview
  • P.S. 020 John Bowne
  • P.S. 022 Thomas Jefferson
  • P.S. 079 Francis Lewis
  • P.S. 184 Flushing Manor
  • Townsend Harris High School
  • P.S. 056 Harry Eichler
  • P.S. 62 Chester Park School
  • P.S. 064 Joseph P. Addabbo
  • P.S. 105 The Bay School
  • P.S. 124 Osmond A Church
  • P.S. 206 The Horace Harding School
  • J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck
  • Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
  • The Bellaire School
  • P.S. 017 Henry David Thoreau
  • P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart, Sr.
  • The Ivan Lafayette Early Childhood School of the Arts
  • Hunters Point Community Middle School
  • P.S. 8 Shirlee Solomon
  • P.S. 013 M.L. Lindemeyer
  • The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability
  • P.S. 74 Future Leaders Elementary School
  • Port Richmond High School
  • Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education H.S.
  • P.S. 075 Mayda Cortiella
  • P.S. 086 The Irvington
  • P.S. 151 Lyndon B Johnson
  • P.S./I.S. 384 Frances E. Carter
  • P.S. K231
  • P.S. M721 Manhattan Occupational Training Center
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