Southern Tier Eat Smart NY Team!

About Us

Eat Smart NY & Cornell Cooperative Extension are dedicated to strengthening families and communities in the Southern Tier. Our region includes Broome, Delaware, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego and Tioga counties. Our team is made up of 16 educators with experience in nutrition, public health, health education and gardening. Individuals who qualify for and/or receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may participate in our free events.

We support families eligible for SNAP to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages and practice healthy lifestyles. We do this through free workshops, food demonstrations, cooking classes, grocery store tours and community events. We also support families and other community partners to build and sustain edible gardens, farmers markets and school wellness committees.

Our team of nutrition educators works closely with collaborators to reach and engage SNAP participants with quality programming. We rely on such key collaborators as Department of Social Services, food pantries and soup kitchens, community health centers, schools, farmers’ markets and grocery stores to assist us.

Impact Statement: 4th Quarter 2016

Lead County: Onondaga County

100 S. Salina St.

Suite 170

Syracuse, NY 13207

Program Leader:

Kathy Dischner

“I really liked this training. The woman who presented it was excellent! It was well planned out. Throughout the training we had classroom time then gym time. We were on the move and having fun. I didn't even realize how fast the time went. During our gym games we were active for 30 minutes, having fun and everyone participated. There was no down time. Very easy in transitions. I will use the set up and CATCH phrases she used for my program next year. I want to spend time this summer reviewing the CATCH binder and grouping the activities and games together as a unit to coordinate with my themes. She also gave ideas on how to change up the games for different age groups as well as when you are short of equipment. I also can see the value that CATCH would have for the summer program. There is also a website she gave us so we can download more material that I want to explore as well. So glad I went.- (Salvation Army Youth leader)” 33 After School program youth leaders from three agencies across Onondaga County engaged in a 6-hour activity-based training to gain resources and skills to engage youth in age-appropriate, “inclusive” active play. CATCH has a 25 year track record as an evidenced-based program proven program to help reduce childhood obesity risk.

Kathy Dischner

Onondaga County

Meet our Collaborators