Making Recreation Inclusive, One Mile at a Time

The Lerner Center’s mission is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, advocacy and policy. To bring this mission to life, Lerner Center staff and graduate fellows took part in a 10-hour online inclusivity training. The InclusionU training and certification program offered through the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland focuses on evaluation metrics anyone can use to assess the inclusivity of particular recreational spaces. An online database collects information about the accessibility of everything from trails and parks to bowling alleys. People of all abilities can check out the database before heading to a place of recreation to ensure they will be able to access and participate in the activities. The ultimate goal of these assessments is to help all people, regardless of ability, to play wherever they choose.

Here at the Lerner Center, we believe that accessibility is important and have strived to make our Monday Mile routes inclusive. With over twenty-five Monday Mile routes around Onondaga and Madison Counties, our goal is use the Inclusivity Assessment Tool offered through the InclusionU training to assess our miles. More specifically, the fellows measured the slope, terrain, and obstructions within a given Mile as well as the parking, signage, and amenities offered to a participant.

Assessments of Barry Park and DeRuyter Fairground Tracks (and others!) can be found in the Recreation Database. Stay tuned for inclusivity assessments of our other Monday Miles!

Lerner Fellow, Jordan Gilman, posing with an umbrella at the start of the Monday Mile track
Healthy Monday Team at the DeRuyter Monday Mile

 

Wrap-up of Walktober 2017

Walktober 2017 large team winners Aspire to Perspire pictured above. Congratulations and well done!

Healthy Monday Syracuse wrapped up another successful Walktober earlier this fall with 584 participants making healthy choices to move during our month-long physical activity challenge! Co-sponsored by University Wellness Initiative, Walktober 2017 brought together participants from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, SUNY ESF and the VA Medical Center. Each participant tracked their steps (or minutes of physical activity) during October individually or as a team. Special thanks to our partners University Wellness Initiative, Pathway to Wellness and Pet Partners of CNY for their support of Walktober 2017. Continue Reading

Spring 2018 Campus Programs

We’ve wrapped up another great semester of Healthy Monday programs on campus.  We wish all our students the best of luck with final exams and we hope everyone has a relaxing and restorative winter break.

We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to campus in January and we have a great lineup of Healthy Monday programs to keep you healthy all semester long.  Check the Events & News page for the most up-to-date program information.  Healthy Monday programs will resume on Monday, January 22nd.

National Culinary Review Features Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday logo

The National Culinary Review has featured the Meatless Monday campaign in its November/December 2017 issue! The article by Jan Greenberg highlights how Meatless Monday started from a World War II era practice in rationing to a national movement embraced by the prestigious James Beard Foundation and celebrity headliners such as Oprah.

Meatless Monday has gained traction nationally since it was launched in 2003 by the movement’s founder, Sid Lerner, one of the original “Mad Men” of the advertising world. Lerner’s then newfound passion for marketing healthy eating has helped bring about a cultural shift in how society thinks about eating plant-based foods and it’s affect on our health as well as the greater social impact.

Check out the National Culinary Review’s coverage of Meatless Monday here.

Walktober 2017 Kickstart Video

Special thanks to Newhouse School’s own Anna Connelly who produced this video from our Walktober 2017 Kickstart event for NCC News!

This video highlights the Pet Partners of CNY who will be joining us for some of our Monday walks in October! The October Monday Mile walks will begin in front of Schine Student Center at noon and return at 12:30pm on October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. For more information on Walktober, check out our official website where registration is open until October 6, 2017.

April Try Me: Caprese Plate

The traditional Caprese Salad is a popular staple in Mediterranean cuisine. It typically includes fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. The nutrients and flavors provided in this dish help serve-up a power plate providing essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health and wellness. Continue Reading