Creating Healthy Human Capital

  • Founded Erie County Physical Activity Coalition, #1 rated coalition by New York State Department of Health. Also helped found New York State Physical Activity Coalition (renamed Be Active NYS Initiative)!
  • Buffalo Public Schools Health Council Member – participating in the review, revision & implementation of Buffalo Public School District-wide Wellness Policy.
  • Facilitated establishment of Wellness Councils in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Albany and New York City.
  • Co-Founder of Community Health Network & board member of Health Promotion Advocates; both facilitate national health promotion advocacy!
  • Launched annual Walking to Wellness community campaign— named community best practiceby New York State Dept. of Health!
  • Launched Healthiest Districts Initiative for 142 Assembly District; now includes five school districts in WNY.
  • Established behavioral programs:
      • First Choice
      • Youth Advantage (over 10 years has served over 4,800 youth with Physical, Mental, Social and Character development)
      • W.H.A.T. (Worksite Health Action Team) Forums
      • Move for Life
      • Artwalk
      • Passport to Wellness Walks for older adults
      • PACE training
      • Adventures in Change Training
      • Creative Youth leadership program (2004-2009)
      • City Of Buffalo Falls Prevention partnership partnered with Mayor/& City Fire Department
      • Buffalo Healthy Kids Healthy Community Initiative
  • Member of community partnership with Business First newspaper, YMCA, Wegmans Food Stores and Independent Health Insurer to award Western New York’s Healthiest Employers Awards
  • Healthy Communities Coalition Steering Committee Member
  • Erie County Tobacco Free Coalition Member
  • Founded award-winning B-Well, City of Buffalo Employee Wellness Program – serving 3500 diverse public sector employees (1989 – 2005).
  • Host city of Buffalo “Healthy Communities” TV show.
  • Past Consultantto Catholic Health System employee wellness plan development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Wellness Lane: over 24,000 persons served at Buffalo Niagara Auto Show.
  • Hosted two national conferences (1992 and 2006) and 7 regional conferences on health promotion.
  • Managed National Association for Health & Fitness physicalfitness.org
  • Community Health Initiative at the Response to Love Center, launched in 2013 and remains ongoing.
  • A Wellness Challenge and Community Garden were at the forefront of projects executed to educate and empower participants in healthy living.
  • CDC Work@Health Certification for Phil Haberstro (2019)
  • Since 2008 have enrolled over 22,000 employees and family members from 100+ employer sites in the Eat Well Live Well Challenge, for workforce and community health promotion.
  • GOLDEN YEARS WELLNESS TOUR (2011-12) visited 17 Buffalo Senior centers with presentations on falls prevention, physical activity and nutrition. Recruited multiple community partners for ongoing falls prevention in the Fillmore District and beyond.
  • Facilitated Town of Tonawanda partnership with Cardinal O’Hara High School campus offering health promotion activities /resources to faculty /staff, students, families, alumni and community.
  • Provided opportunity for (100+) college student internships and service learning in school, worksite and community health promotion.
  • Since 1989 participated in the training of health promotion Interns year-round from across the United States.
  • Consulted to provide workplace and community health promotion to the Health Sciences Charter School in the City of Buffalo (2013 to present)!

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    Lucy Connery, Executive Director
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