Friday, September 20, 2013

BRONX CAN 2013 Health Fair 

On August 17th, Senator Gustavo Rivera held his annual Bronx CAN Health Fair, this year held at Crotona Park. It was a day filled of fun activities, health screenings and useful health related information for residents both young and old. This event wouldn't have been possible without the help of our amazing partners. Check out the rest of the pictures for a snap shot of the day. Hope you will join us next year!

The folks from the Montefiore Medical Center Community Relations Office provided great health information and free goodies!

Montefiore Medical Center kicked off the day with Zumba!

The Doctors from the Committee of Interns and Residents performed  blood pressure and Body Mass Index measurements screenings!

Health First provided creative face painting for kids!  

Harlem United,  Bronx Works and The Great American Condom Campaign provided key information on sex education, distributed condoms and provided HIV and Hepatitis C testing!

New York City Department of Sanitation provided great information regarding recycling and composting.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bronx District Public Health Office had trivia questions to help educate attendees on the amount of sugar in different types o f drinks.

Kids had a blast learning how to play tennis with the New York Junior Tennis League

Food Bank for New York City gave out cool water bottles and snacks throughout the day.

Ultimate Studio entertained the crowd and got people moving with their amazing martial arts performance!

After a long day, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation helped us relax with some stretching lessons.  

Friday, August 16, 2013


State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with Montefiore Medical Center and other community health partners, will launch the third annual Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In on August 17th at Crotona Park, which is located in the new part of Senator Rivera’s district. The Bronx CAN Health Initiative was launched in response to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's study that showed the Bronx as the unhealthiest county in the state of New York.

In addition to tackling the issues of obesity, nutrition, exercise and access to preventative health services, as has been done at previous events, this year’s Bronx CAN Health Initiative Check-In will also offer HIV and Hepatitis C testing, as well as information about how to prevent and where to get treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  These additions are in response to a recent report from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which found that the 10457 ZIP code in the Bronx, in which Crotona Park lies, has the highest number of people with at least two STDs in the city.

This event is free and open to the public. 

WHAT:          Third annual Bronx CAN Health Initiative will offer members of the community free health screenings, fitness classes and fun activities, such as blood pressure screenings, body mass index measurements, cooking demonstration, zumba classes and much more.  
WHO:             Senator Gustavo Rivera
                        Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
                        Montefiore Medical Center
                        Community Partners  

WHEN:          Saturday, August 17, 2013
                        12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE:        Crotona Park
                        Intersection of Crotona Avenue & Claremont Parkway 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bronx CAN Health Fair & Check-In

Don’t miss this year’s Bronx CAN Health Initiative's Health Fair & Check-In coming up this Saturday, August 17th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Crotona Park! It will be a day filled with health screenings, fitness classes and free, fun activities!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Take advantage of all the farmers’ markets throughout the 33rd district during the summer months. It is a great opportunity to shop for affordable locally grown produce and enjoy many of our Bronx landmarks for free!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of Calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 - 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to "spend" each day,based on the following video, which would you eat?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Weekly Greenmarket Returns to The New York Botanical Garden

Greenmarket, the popular farmers market of GrowNYC, returns to The New York Botanical Garden at the base of Library Allée inside the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance every Wednesday, June 19 through November 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. For the 12th year, the farmers market continues to bring affordable, locally grown produce and fresh, nutritious baked goods to the Bronx. Heart Smart activities, part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program, made possible through the generous support of MetLife Foundation, will teach visitors how easy it is to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle and improve their cardiovascular health. Visitors can pick up a map that outlines a self-guided, narrated walking tour around the Garden. Participation in each of these activities is free to the public.

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