A Rural Heart Disease Prevention Research Study

Strong Hearts for New York

This study has the capacity to move beyond individual-level approaches in knowledge and practice by working with residents, practitioners, health educators, local leadership, and other stakeholders in ten rural towns to develop and test a comprehensive program designed to:

Otsego County

  • Cooperstown
  • Hartwick
  • Milford

A new cardiovascular disease prevention study for rural towns

Herkimer County

  • Dolgeville
  • Herkimer/ Mohawk
  • Ilion
  • ​Little Falls

Wayne County

  • Clyde
  • Newark
  • improve diet and physical activity behaviors
  • promote and improve local food and physical activity environments and policies
  • shift social norms about active living and healthy eating through civic engagement, capacity building, and community-based programming.

​​What is unique about this study?

Madison County

  • Hamilton
  • Morrisville

​​​​Each town will be randomly assigned to offer Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities

- starting in either -

Spring 2017  (Group 1) or
Fall 2017 (Group 2)

During the program, participants will attend  classes twice per week for 6 months. 


​Strong Hearts for New York is a research study, offered through a partnership between Bassett Research Institute and Cornell University, which aims to reduce cardiovascular disease, improve quality of life, and reduce cardiovascular disease-related health care costs in rural communities. Our aim is to better understand how changes in lifestyle can affect the health of rural women and others in their communities. ​The research study includes a healthy lifestyle program called StrongHearts, Healthy Communities that will take place in ten rural towns within three counties across New York. 

​​Why are we doing this research?

 Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and many factors contributing to its development can be prevented through a heart-healthy diet and increased physical activity. 

Schoharie County

  • Cobleskill
  • Sharon Springs