Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton!
Eat Well. Play Hard. Binghamton! (EWPHB), the pilot program of the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (HLC), focuses on the neighborhood served by the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School on the North Side of Binghamton where residents face serious obstacles to healthy living, such as modest incomes and the lack of any full-service grocery store nearby.
From our headquarters at the Lee Barta Community Center on Liberty Street, we set out to not only improve access to healthy food and exercise, but to help our community members take their health into their own hands.
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition Members
United Way of Broome County
Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, VINES
Binghamton University, Promise Zone
City of Binghamton
Binghamton City Council
Broome County Health Department
Binghamton City Central School District
Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network
Binghamton Food Rescue
North Side Neighborhood Assembly
YMCA of Broome County
Catholic Charities RSVP Program
Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Food and Health Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Centenary Chenango Church
Fresh Cycles is one of the Healthy Lifestyles Coalitions signature programs and its mission is to break the “cycles” of crime, violence, and poverty in the community and start “fresh” new cycles of creativity, community collaboration, youth development, and empowerment.
1. We GIVE out bikes: because cost should never be an obstacle
2. We TEACH bike maintenance: because broken bicycles don’t go far
3. We RIDE hard: because strong legs take you farther
Learn how to fix bikes and take one home! Earn-A-Bike is our main program where participants sign-up for a series of five classes, which teach basic bike maintenance and repair. After they finish the classes, fix their chosen bike, and do some volunteer hours and group rides, they earn a free bike! The classes are all hands-on and we teach the Earn-a-Bike classes with a lead instructor and several assistants. Class space is limited but we are always taking sign-ups! Children under 9 years old must have a parent or guardian present for classes. Classes are seasonal, Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm.
Come ride with the FreshCycles crew!
Group rides are open to anyone who wants to bike Binghamton’s neighborhoods, parks, and roadways. We focus strongly on ensuring participants learn and practice safe riding habits, such as always wearing a helmet, following traffic laws, and being visible to all users of the road. We also want our participants to have fun, enjoy what our city has to offer, and get a chance to meet and socialize with other bike riders of Binghamton. Group rides are seasonal, Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Get help fixing your bike or work us! Open-Shop is open to anyone who needs mechanical help, tools, and parts to get their bike fixed and riding! Open-shop is seasonal, Fridays from 5pm-7pm.
The goal of the Health Coaching Program is to improve the health of families in our community.
If you are 18 years of age, overweight, suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol or have a family history of diabetes, we invite you to join our Health Coaching Program.
Schedule a one-on-one evaluation with our Health Coach. We also offer group education and wellness classes, free health screenings, and incentives to make healthy lifestyle changes. The Heath Coaching Program is currently 100% funded by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Join us for FREE physical activity classes hosted by YMCA instructors. Activities include Yoga, Zumba, Strength Series, and Thai Chi. Our schedule and offerings are always changing so grab a workout partner and try something new!
Ever wanted to know what your BMI is? Do you need to have your blood pressure checked? Are you curious to see if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Please attend any of our FREE Health Screenings. Events take place at various locations including the Lee Barta Community Center, Roosevelt Elementary School, Centenary Chenango Church, Cheri Lindsey Park, and more.
Cooking & Nutrition Classes
High quality cooking-based courses held at a variety of community based agencies. Courses meet for 2 hours, once a week for 6 weeks and are taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Take home groceries and cooking utensils after each class so they can practice the recipes taught that day.
Gardening Classes & Workshops
The Green Thumb Workshop Series is an educational series for community members to learn about a variety of gardening and culinary topics through hands-on workshops and related activities. Each workshop is led by experienced professionals and educators including horticulture and nutrition experts from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton University Faculty and VINES’ experienced staff.
Events are hosted at accessible locations within the City of Binghamton and focus on affordability.
School Based Services
Does your child need access to after-school activities? We partner with several organizations to offer after school programming that will educate and keep children and teens safe. From tutoring to “Fun with Foods and Fitness,” to garden club and “Fresh Cycles” group rides. Space for these programs is limited and registration is required.