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The Genesis Health Project at the University of Syracuse

The Genesis Health Project Legacy Project focused their faith-based health programming on African American families at nine churches in a low-income area of Syracuse. The project included a twelve week Family Fitness Diabetes Prevention and Management Program, a Men’s Health Diabetes Seminar, and a series of Family Health Diabetes Workshops. The Genesis Health Project is a university-community coalition sponsored by Syracuse University College of Human Ecology, Department of Health and Wellness. The aims of the community designed, faith-based and culturally sensitive coalition are to reduce health disparities in minority populations by partnering with community organizations to identify and address health needs in greater Syracuse and Central New York. Key goals are to reduce obesity and its related health risks and to promote healthy lifestyles among African Americans.