The North Side Health Coaching Program Proves Its Successful

The North Side Health Coaching Program is a pilot project funded by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to improve the health outcomes of residents living in the North Side neighborhood of Binghamton.  The United Way’s work on the North Side of Binghamton has shown proven success in improving nutrition and access to healthy fresh produce.  We are now turning our attention to increasing physical activity.  The 12 month program is based on a Center for Disease Control (CDC) lifestyle change curriculum and offers residents the chance to improve their own self selected health goals, while also reducing their risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The North Side Health Coaching Program aims to get residents to “Move More,” and to take an active role in their physical health.  

The program consists of a series of group education classes focused on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.  Participants are encouraged to gradually work towards getting the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week, as well as lose a modest amount of weight over time. The program also offers group fitness classes, one-on-one health coaching sessions, and a series of free Health Screenings.  Participant incentives encourage residents to stay engaged and treat themselves once reaching goals and milestones.

“Through this program I have found support, redefined my health, and been given an opportunity to encourage and inspire others,” states Laura, a 2017 Health Coaching Participant.

The Health Coaching Program is entering its six month mark and residents have made great strides including stabilizing blood pressure, increasing flexibility, moving more, and supporting one another to reach their health goals. Collectively, the “Move More” group has lost 100lbs!

This summer, we will host an 8 week physical activity program, yoga workshops, and a “Move More” walking club where we will track our steps! These programs will take place at our new location, 33 West State Street in the Binghamton Plaza. The program currently has open enrollment and is looking to reach as many North Side residents as possible.

The United Way is grateful to Excellus BCBS for investing in this program on the North Side and for being a committed partner in the area’s health. For more information, contact Kimberli Schwartz, Physical Activity Specialist, at

Wednesday, June 28th, marked 6 months for the Health Coaching Program. Check out these amazing weight loss pictures from our “Wellness Wednesday.”