| The Healthy From Birth for Life Program is a social health marketing campaign, aimed at improving birth outcomes in Mount Vernon & Peekskill, two high risk communities in Westchester County, New York.
The program encourages youth to engage in healthy behaviors early in life, which reduce the incidence of preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Promoting healthier lifestyles in youth, in turn, advances the long term objectives of reducing low birth weight and premature births.
Young people between the ages of 13 and 21 will have the opportunity to become program "Fellows". Fellows may earn community service hours recognized by a certificate of completion, receive incentives for attendance and completion of activities, and gain valuable life experience working in their own community.
Fellows participate in weekly workshops from 3:30pm - 5:30pm at the Peak Center in Mount Vernon, New York and at Westchester Community College, Peekskill extension in Peekskill, New York.
Workshop topics include obesity, chronic health conditions, nutrition, exercise, understanding healthy pregnancies and adverse birth outcomes. Fellows receive stipends from grant funds for their participation in the program.
The main goals of the workshops are to have Fellows adopt healthy lifestyles now, to prevent adverse health outcomes in the future, and to incorporate knowledge gained from the workshops into campaign activities for their peers.
The activities of the Healthy From Birth for Life Program are funded through grants from the Westchester County Youth Bureau and the Westchester Community Foundation.