College Awarded Creating Healthy Places Grant

March 18, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill has been awarded a five-year $875,000 Creating Healthy Places grant. The College will lead a partnership of Schoharie County agencies to implement and evaluate a series of strategic initiatives designed to create healthy places to live, work and play in the towns and villages throughout the county. 

The grant will be managed by SUNY Cobleskill’s Beard Wellness Center, one of only 20 college health centers in New York State to be accredited by the American Association of Ambulatory Health Care. The Wellness Center has a demonstrated record of outstanding commitment to the SUNY Cobleskill campus community, offering students health care, personal counseling and education services.

Creating Healthy Places in Schoharie County is funded by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. The initiative is one of 22 grants awarded statewide to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in New York through the implementation of sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in communities where people live, work and play.

“This grant will enable SUNY Cobleskill to coordinate existing efforts in Schoharie County to provide our communities with access to the wealth of farm fresh foods available year round and increase awareness of how residents can engage in more physical activity,” says Deya Greer, program coordinator for Creating Healthy Places. “In addition, the grant will promote policy and systems change that will result in a built environment that supports making healthy choices.”

Creating Healthy Places will build on work under development and implement new initiatives including:

  • Design and work for the Cobleskill Creek Trail
  • Installing safety and equipment improvements at Recreation Commission parks and playgrounds
  • Installing crosswalk marking and identifying walking routes for towns and villages
  • Developing community gardens for elderly and disabled residents
  • Providing produce canning and freezing education and hands-on instruction
  • Training planning boards to evaluate the built environment and its impact on physical activity
  • Promoting and improving farm stand participation from the Federal assistance programs Women, Infants and Children and Food Stamp recipients
  • Facilitating Farm Fresh Network through local buying events and locavore events in restaurants
  • Working with school districts and SUNY Cobleskill to promote community use of facilities

Project partners include: Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency, Schoharie County Health Department, Schoharie County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Village of Cobleskill, Cobleskill Recreation Commission, Cobleskill-Richmondville Schools, Schoharie County Trail Association and SchoPeg.

For more information, contact Deya Greer at 518-255-5225 or e-mail