Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition and The University at Albany Foundation
The Healthy Hearts on the Hill Legacy Project initiated “The Biggest Winner Contest” inspired by television’s The Biggest Loser. Over 200 participants enrolled to receive points for engaging in healthy activities including fitness sessions, health screenings, and chronic disease management programs. Points transferred into opportunities to win prizes through monthly raffles and a final grand prize drawing. Healthy Hearts on the Hill also organized walking clubs, health screenings, diabetes management groups and a mini-grants program for local food vendors and food pantries to promote healthy foods. The Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition brings together community partners from the fields of healthcare, research, faith-based institutions, neighborhood advocacy groups, and academics, along with prominent community members to plan for greater health opportunities in the West Hill neighborhood of Albany. The coalition was co-founded by the Center for Excellence in Aging Services at the State University of New York at Albany and Koinonia Primary Care.