Healthy Choices New York
Healthy Choices NY is a statewide initiative to empower older adults by providing evidence-based health promotion programs in community-based settings. Now in its second year, Healthy Choices New York has served hundreds of new Yorkers by implementing two evidence-based programs. The first, the Living Healthy program, is six weekly 2 1/2 hour workshops that empower participants to self-manage the ups and downs of living with a chronic condition like arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes by teaching techniques such as action planning, problem solving and goal setting and by sharing information on topics such as medication management, how to talk to your doctor, physical activity, relaxation and healthy eating.
The second component program of Healthy Choices New York is the Active Choices Program . This program is a telephone support program to assist participants to increase their physical activity through the support of a personal telephone coach. The Activity Coach works with participants to set physical activity goals, problem solve when things do not go as planned and provide information on a variety of helpful topics to increase participant success!
Currently participating in the project are Broome County, the Capital Region (comprised of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties), and New York City ; however, plans are underway to investigate broader dissemination of these programs throughout the state. Participating Area Agencies on Aging have been very successful in extending the reach of evidence-based health programming through community partnerships. Successful partnerships to date include local Departments of Health, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, community service providers, insurers, and faith based communities.
The initiative is funded through the Federal Administration on Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging and the New York State Department of Health.