Students receive $1,500 to implement cardiovascular health awareness project in their school

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Thanks to a grant from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, The Children’s Aid Society awarded $1,500 to a group of students from MS293 City College Academy of the Arts last week. The students will use the funds to implement a cardiovascular health awareness project at Salome Ureña Campus next school year, a Children’s Aid Society Community School.

The student’s proposal includes sponsoring healthy cooking classes for their classmates and organizing several farmers markets in the school’s front yard which will be open to the community. The students in the winning team are Yerika Cuevas, Genesys Durán, Luz Hiraldo, Lisbeth Rosado and Janay Salcedo. In her presentation, Janay indicated that one of the reasons affecting the health outcomes of her peers is the poor access to healthy food.  “We want to open up their minds to see that healthy food can also be tasty” said Janay.

The winning proposal was selected among five projects presented by high school juniors from the City College Academy of the Arts. These students have also been receiving a semesterof classes on cardiovascular health risks and healthy cooking sponsored by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.

The students will be assisted by Children’s Aid Society staff in the completion of their project.

Photo courtesy of Ben Russell. From left to right, Migdalia Cortes-Torres, Children’s Aid Society Community School Director, Dr. Burnedette Drysdale, MS293 principal, students JanaySalcedo, Lisbeth Rosado, Genesys Durán, and Yerika Cuevas, and Adria Cruz, Children’s Aid Society School Health Services Manager