Change Club Project

The Change Club Project is a community-based civic engagement project taking place in select communities in New York and Texas.

What is the Change Club?

The Change Club Project: Evaluation of a Civic Engagement Approach to Catalyze Built Environment Change and Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Rural Residents


​The Change Club is a small group of residents who will meet regularly to change their community environment relative to food (such as in restaurants or schools) or physical activity opportunities (such as parks or walking trails) by following a civic engagement process facilitated by an extension educator.


Change Club groups are a part of a university-led research project to better understand if and how these activities affect individual behaviors (for example, walking) and health outcomes (for example, blood pressure) of adults in rural communities.


This project is taking place in rural communities in New York and Texas. Over the course of the project, participants are providing annual health and behavioral information. Change Clubs will also receive up to $5,000 towards a community project.


Participants are participating as a Change Club Member or as a Community Resident.

Let’s create healthy communities together!

Change Club Locations

Below is a map of our active and future locations of our Change Clubs!

Change Club Locations in Texas
  • Marshall, Texas (Harrison County)
  • Plainview, Texas (Hale County)
  • Littlefield, Texas (Lamb County)
  • Groveton, Texas (Trinity County)
  • Trinity, Texas (Trinity County)
  • Center/Shelbyville, Texas (Shelby County)
Change Club Locations in New York
  • Carthage/Champion, New York (Jefferson County)
  • Watertown, New York (Jefferson County)
  • Rome, New York (Oneida County)
  • Camden, New York (Oneida County)
  • Canastota including Lincoln/Lenox, New York (Madison County)
  • Hamilton, New York (Madison County)

Annual Change Club Project Activities

Track your steps

*For Change Club Members only

Complete a food diary

*For Change Club Members Only

You can change your mind about participation at any time and ask to be withdrawn from the contact list. Please note that you still may receive up to 4 automated email messages.

Payment is issued in e-gift cards for each completed round of data collection with an additional payment for completing all rounds. Full data collection will involve completing all data collection activities at enrollment and again at three additional annual timepoints.

For more information, please check out our FAQs page.

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