2015 Funding Awarded to Cobleskill and Morris for Community Health Improvement

November 11, 2015

Cooperstown, NY – Over $17,500 dollars in mini grants have been awarded to 13 projects aimed at improving the health of students and community members in Morris and Cobleskill. The grants were awarded by the Bassett Research Institute’s 5210 program and are meant to help develop, implement or enhance projects that will lead to and sustain healthy behaviors.

In Cobleskill, $11,084 was awarded to nine of 13 projects that include such initiatives as raised-bed gardens for Catholic Charities’ food pantry, walking/running shoes for participants of the expanded food and nutrition program at Cornell Cooperative Extension, enhancement of the Kindermusik program at SUNY Cobleskill’s Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center and, at the Cobleskill-Richmondville School, a student running club, collapsible water bottles, a screen free week fun night, and tricycles for students with disabilities to encourage physical activity. To promote the 5210 message, a portable 5210 display will also be made by SUNY Cobleskill for use at community events.

Morris Central School received $6,448 to fund four projects in support of the 5210 initiative. One of the projects will provide smoothies as part of the school breakfast program. Another project will provide fidget desks equipped with foot pendulums that allow students to swing their feet as they work. The desks will be used for special education students to enable movement during class and increase physical activity. The grant will also help sustain a community read program and provide books to children. The final project to receive a portion of the mini grant will resurrect the greenhouse at Morris Central School and support the establishment of a class to increase agricultural awareness.

The Bassett Research Institute at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown began “5210 Every Day!” as a pilot program in Edmeston and Delhi in the fall of 2013. Since then, the program has expanded to the communities of Morris and Cobleskill. The 5210 program engages schools, work sites, health care providers, and community, preschool and after-school programs in promoting healthy choices for kids. It is based on a very successful program in the state of Maine.

The 5210 program has been implemented in nearly 350 schools, childcare centers, doctors’ offices and after school programs in Maine with promising results. Surveys over time of parents and children show increased knowledge of 5210 recommendations, more effective counseling on 5210 behaviors during doctor’s appointments and a greater percentage of children meeting the 5210 goals, especially after exposure to 5210 messages from multiple sectors of the community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago.

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