Bringing Sports Back to Skiddy

Softball game with young child striking ball with a bat at Skiddy ParkWith Syracuse Housing Authority, Missio Church, Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, and the Near Westside Initiative, the Lerner Center was one of many partners to bring a youth softball league back to Skiddy Park. The month long league culminated in the championship game on Saturday, August 6, 2016. It was a joy filled day for the neighborhood. Read more from on the work being done to ensure kids and families have safe places to play, live, and learn. Continue Reading

Lerner Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Lerner Center staff pictured left to right: Leah Moser, Katie Wood, Roberto Martinez, Cynthia Morrow, Tom Dennison and Rebecca Bostwick.

As it marks its fifth anniversary, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, based in the Maxwell School, is taking stock of its growth and accomplishments—an impressive list that includes collaboration and needs assessment in the local community, specific outreach and information projects related to healthy practices and nutrition, an endowed professorship focused on public health and a staff of professionals and graduate-student fellows operating and promoting the center’s programs. Continue Reading

Summer at Skiddy Park

Skiddy Park soccer court with children watching players on the field separated by a chain link fenceDespite recent challenges, Skiddy Park is thriving with positive activities this summer. Watch the youth employed this summer explain why this is important for their neighborhood.










Continue Reading

The Right Recipe

Paul Nojaim, Maarten Jacobs, Roberto Martinez and Rebecca Bostwick representing the Near Westside Coalition.

From the Summer 2015 Maxwell Perspective Magazine

The Lerner Center is partnering with other local institutions to bring better health options to Syracuse’s Near Westside.

For residents of Syracuse’s Near Westside — one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods — access to and affordability of healthy foods has long been a challenge.

The Maxwell School’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion is trying to change that, aided by a recent $250,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation. The grant supports a program that teams a local grocery store and primary care center to increase residents’ knowledge of, access to, and purchase of healthier foods.

Continue Reading

Healthy Monday Walktober 2015 A Success!

 Syracuse University alumni post after walking the SU campus Monday Mile route Monday, November 9th was the conclusion of another successful Walktober and the Healthy Monday team celebrated with an awards ceremony and luncheon.  Walktober 2015 was sponsored in partnership with Healthy Monday Syracuse, the Syracuse University Wellness Initiative and SU Department of Recreation Services.

We are thrilled to see how Walktober has grown; there were nearly 650 active participants who committed to logging their physical activity for the entire month of October.  Participants from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate, SUNY ESF and the VA Hospital walked their way to better health, covering 63,953 miles in 31 days.  That is the same distance as circling the globe 2.5 times!

Continue Reading

Sid Lerner 2013 Arents Award Recipient

Syracuse University sealSyracuse University alum, Sid Lerner ’53 was recognized on October 4th, 2013 for his work in wellness, advertising and philanthropy.  Receiving the George Arents award, Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor, Sid returned to his alma mater to be recognized for career excellence, which began during his time as a student in the Newhouse school.  Continue Reading