Wanda and Jade looking at nutrition labels at the healthy vending area.

Environmental Change Efforts

A healthy lifestyle is about the choices we all make – how we live our lives, what we choose to eat, and the activities we participate in every day. Those choices, however, are shaped by the opportunities that surround us in our environment. Research demonstrates that people are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors when communities are supportive, have convenient, low cost access to nutritious foods, and have safe, fun ways to be active. CCE Jefferson works with local communities to make the North Country a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play. We help local groups, community leaders, and organizations create policies, practices, and environments to make healthy lifestyles the easy choice.

Get involved:

  • Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved in our current initiatives. 
  • Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Initiative - This initiative promotes affordable access to fruits and vegetables and healthy eating in under-served communities through coordinated partnerships with healthcare providers and fresh produce retailers.
  • Farm to Worksite, Community Site - This initiative aims to improve access to eliminate barriers to fresh produce for low-income individuals by coordinating a farmers' market or other local food distribution to worksites and community sites where low-income individuals may live, work, learn, or frequent. 
  • Peer-Led Obesity Prevention - This initiative works with middle and high school students to help them develop the skills to encourage their peers to make healthy choices related to food and physical activity. They will do this through peer-led nutrition education, developing promotional materials, and creating a social marketing and media campaign aimed at promoting healthy behaviors in the school setting. These students may also have the opportunity to work with their local school wellness committees to encourage policies, systems, and environmental changes related to student wellness. 
  • Change Club - This initiative is part of a national research project aimed at helping community members develop the skills to address barriers in their community that prevent them from getting adequate nutrition and physical activity. Through nutrition education, a community assessment, and planning process, Change Club Members will bring their plans to life to make the healthy choice the easy choice where they live, learn, work, and play. 

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Contact

April Bennett
Nutrition Program Manager
Aln48@cornell.edu
(315) 788-8450 ext. 265

Last updated December 11, 2019