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CHALK - Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids

Kids in CHALK shirts pose with vegetables in photo studio

Who We Are

Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids™ (CHALK) is a collaboration between NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Ambulatory Care Network, Columbia University Medical Center's Community Pediatrics program, and the community of Northern Manhattan. The goal of CHALK is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in Northern Manhattan and to create an environment in which healthy lifestyles are integral to the lives of all children and their families. Our three areas of focus are schools, the community and our medical center.

Our Priorities

  • To disseminate CHALK's 10 Habits of Healthy Kids to help families develop skills to live a healthy lifestyle
  • Empower schools to focus on nutrition and physical activity by promoting student, staff, and parent wellness
  • Connect and mobilize community members, local business and community organization to spread the message, create program that foster healthy lifestyles and improve the built environment


Emma Hulse, MS, RD

Program Manager

Phone: 212-342-0713