Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From the Bronx Health REACH

Bronx Borough-Wide Listening Session – July 23rd
Bronx Health REACH is hosting a borough-wide listening session on Monday, July 23rd to discuss healthy eating, active living, and ways to limit tobacco and alcohol use in the Bronx. The listening session will take place from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Walker Memorial Baptist Church (120 E. 169th St.) and all are welcome to be a part of the discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, July 20th to Emma Rodgers at [email protected] or (212) 633-0800 x1249. See attached flier for more information.

Families Against Domestic Violence Resource Street Fair – July 21st
The South Bronx Concerned Citizens are hosting a street fair on Saturday, July 21st to provide resources and support for Families Against Domestic Violence. The fair will take place from 12 pm to 4 pm 1019 Avenue St. John between Southern Blvd and Fox Street. Please see attached flier for contact information if your organization is interested in tabling at the fair.

Soccer for Harmony Brooklyn Men’s League – July 22nd through September 16th
Seeds in the Middle, a Bronx Health REACH legacy grantee, is starting a men’s adult soccer league starting Sunday, July 22nd and running every Sunday through September 16th (except Labor Day weekend). Participants can sign up as a team or individually and games will run from 1 pm to 5 pm at Hamilton Metz Field (510 Albany Ave) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. For more info, call 917-756-4202 or email To register, click here.

Bronx Health REACH Faith-Based Outreach Initiative Monthly Meeting – July 30th 
The Bronx Health REACH Faith-Based Outreach Initiative helps faith organizations – of all denominations – provide health programming around nutrition and fitness, diabetes prevention and management, and health disparities to their constituents. Through the Initiative, churches establish health ministries that distribute information and organize health activities. Health coordinators from each of the churches meet monthly to learn about new health initiatives in NYC and share success stories. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, July 30th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Walker Memorial Baptist Church (120 E. 169th St.). All are welcome to attend.

Bronx Health REACH walking group – through July
To make it easier for Bronx residents to use their parks for physical activity, Bronx Health REACH has been working with community members to encourage exercise in the parks and to advocate for better park access. This project is led by two HealthCorps members in partnership with the National Parks Service.  Since March 2012, Bronx Health REACH has been leading walking groups with community members in the Bronx. The walking group is held three times a week at Roberto Clemente State Park on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. The group meets at 8:45 am at PS 204 (1780 University Avenue) and walks to the park together. The walking group will run until Thursday, July 26th. For more information, contact Suneet Goraya at[email protected] or 212-633-0800 ext. 1341

Bronx Summer Fest – August 4th and August 11th
The Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program is coming to the Bronx. Join your neighbors in the inaugural year of summer fun and activities on a car-free Louis Niñé Boulevard (one-block)! Bronx Summer Fest on the Boulevard (also known as Bronx Summer Walks) is part of the Mayor's initiative to create temporary pedestrian streets that provide open space for recreation and activities by community groups in NYC neighborhoods, and by local businesses and cultural institutions. Bronx Summer Fest will take place on Saturday, August 4th and Saturday, August 11th from 12 pm to 4 pm on Louis Niñé Boulevard from Southern Blvd to Intervale Ave. Please see attached flier for more details.

Bethlehem Judah Missionary Baptist Church 24th Annual Community Family-Day Festival – August 11th
Bethlehem Judah Missionary Baptist Church is hosting its 24th Annual Community Family-Day Festival on Saturday, August 11th from 10 am to 8:30 pm at the EAE J. Mitchell Park located on 174th St and Longfellow Avenue. This day-long festival will include blood pressure checks, a walk-a-thon, and karate, as well as gospel singing and kids activities. Please contact Sister Mary Tinsley at 212-862-8835 for more information.

Bronx bodegas working with Bronx Health REACH to serve healthier food
Bronx Health REACH, along with parents and students at the Sheridan Academy of Young Leaders and PS 218, has been working with two Bronx bodegas throughout the spring and summer to encourage them to carry healthier food. La Sirena, a bodega on 165th and McClellan St, has been stocking fresh fruit in a cooler at the front of the store decorated with signs made by Sheridan Academy students. Reem’s Deli and Grocery, also in the South Bronx, has added a smoothie station where kids from PS 218 and their parents can make fresh fruit drinks. Both bodega owners have said they are committed to carrying healthier food and will work with the community to provide these options. Please stop by and support their efforts.

Adopt a Shop Workshops – all summer
The New York City Department of Health’s Shop Healthy Bronx! Initiative will be holding a series of Adopt a Shop Workshops in the Bronx for community groups and individuals interested in making changes in their food environment. Participants in the workshops will walk away with the
tools to successfully demand healthier food options at their local store. RSVP is required to attend a workshop, please RSVP to [email protected] or call 347-396-4245. Please see the attached flier for the locations and dates of the workshops, which are being held at four locations throughout the summer.

New York Road Runners Summer Youth Running Program – July & August
New York Road Runners is holding a free seven-week summer running program for kids 6 to 18 years old and their families. NYRR coaches will lead group runs and teach running basics through fun activities and drills for all fitness and pace levels. No previous running experience is required and parents are encouraged to join.Check the dates in your neighborhood on the attached flier and register by contacting NYRR by e-mail or phone: [email protected] or 646.758.9650. The registration form is also attached.

Funding opportunity for mentoring and counseling of preteen youth
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has announced a Request for Applications (RFA) to support a new program model that incorporates mentoring, counseling, and supervised activities provided by adults for preteen youth ages 9-12, including those in foster care, to ease their transition into adolescence. The letter of interest is due July 25th and the application is due August 28th. Please contact Dora Swan, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at [email protected] with any questions and visit here for application materials:

Please remember to send information about your upcoming programs, initiatives, or events that you would like to include in future e-blasts.

Thank you,
the Bronx Health REACH staff

Bronx Health REACH is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a program of the Institute for Family Health.

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