The poorest area of the city with the highest rate of obesity is taking a healthy step forward.

Last year, the United Way of Broome County launched the North Side Health Coaching Program.

The free initiative provides free physical activity classes, health screenings and peer support groups.

Since the program was launched, residents taking part having drastically increased their physical activity.

"It's wonderful to see the community residents take charge of their own health and put their health into their own hands by increasing the opportunities for physical activity, by attending classes, and by helping and encouraging others to join with us," said United Way Health Initiatives Manager Kimberly Schwartz.

The United Way will host a "lunch and learn" event on January 31st at noon at the temporary Lee Bartra Community Center in the Binghamton Plaza.