Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play was a grant awarded to SUNY Cobleskill in 2010 and funded policy, system and environmental changes to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease associated with increased weight, including Type 2 diabetes and chronic heart disease. Over the five years since, the grant partnered with organizations around Schoharie County to complete the work. Over $875,000 was spent to promote healthy living through increased activity and increased access to healthy foods.Maureen Blanchard, who wrote the grant and managed the project, recently released the full report on the initiative’s results, which is available to read on the Grants page here. There were four major initiatives to work on throughout the length of the grant: parks and trails, Complete Streets, healthy access to foods through gardens and farmers markets and healthy access to foods through local restaurants.
Creating Healthy Places ended as of September 30, 2015 but SUNY Cobleskill was awarded the next grant in the sequence: Creating Healthy Schools and Communities. Now, funded by the New York State Department of Health, SUNY Cobleskill will lead a partnership of communities and agencies in identified communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties to implement and evaluate a new series of strategic initiatives to increase access and opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.