Physical activity and nutrition are two of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing chronic illness.

The following sections are designed to provide you with information that you need related to physical activity and nutrition.

Healthy Communities

Learn about how the way we design and build our communities impacts our health.


Discover why variety, balance and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.

Physical Activity

Learn more about the benefits of physical activity and places to be active in Rensselaer County.

Free and Low Cost Outdoor Activities

Obesity Prevention

Learn more about obesity.


  • Among high school students from Upstate New York 24% are overweight or are at risk of becoming overweight.
  • Rensselaer County’s percentage for weight status BMI >25 of adults 20 years and older is 59.1%.
  • According to the 2009 BRFSS 26.7% of adults in Rensselaer County are obese.


  • USDA Food Atlas– Includes county wide data on food access for Rensselaer County.