Active Adults

Community organizing

Healthy Syracuse Coalition

The greatest cause of sickness and death in our community today is not a germ, it’s our own lifestyles.

One of our greatest needs, both nationally and locally, is to reduce the incidence of preventable, chronic diseases such as lung cancer, obesity, diabetes and kidney disease.

To do just that that, the YMCA of Greater Syracuse in 2011 formed the Healthy Syracuse Coalition through an ACHIEVE grant from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Led by the Y, the coalition of health-supporting non-profits and government agencies have developed a plan to strengthen our community, with work focused in three areas:

  • Worksite Wellness
  • School-Aged Health
  • Tobacco Control

Members of the coalition include representatives from the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse City School District, the Onondaga County Department of Health, Syracuse University, the American Cancer Society, Upstate Medical University and Crouse Hospital.

Cancer Prevention

Nationwide, cancer is the second-leading cause of death but here in Onondaga County, cancer is No. 1.

That's why the Y works with the American Cancer Society and Upstate Medical University to promote participation in Cancer Prevention Study-3 - a nationwide study expected to break new ground in the fight against cancer. Our CPS-3 Coalition worked together to register 913 people over three days in October, 2011.