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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bronx Conversations for Change Training

Interested in improving the health and wellness of your community? Bronx Health REACH is partnering with Everyday Democracy to help community residents and local organizations organize action-oriented conversations around healthy eating, active living, tobacco and alcohol in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx. We are looking to train people, especially community members, to help lead a series of these conversations.

A free facilitator training will be held Thursday, February 21st from 12:30PM - 5:30PM at Cornell University Cooperative Extension (432 East 149th Street, 4th Floor, Bronx NY 10455).  All are welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Emma Rodgers at [email protected] or call 212-633-0800 x 1249.  This training is being co-sponsored by Bronx Health REACH, Everyday Democracy, the Partnership for a Healthier NYC, Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Montefiore Medical Center Extends Hours at Community Urgent Care Sites as Severe Flu Season Gains Momentum

Bronx Borough President Diaz Joins Montefiore In Urging Public to Get Vaccinated
Montefiore Medical Center infectious disease experts are urging the public to get vaccinated against influenza in one of the most severe and longest flu seasons in a decade. To manage the surge of patients, Montefiore is extending hours at several of its community urgent care sites.
Bronx East Urgent Care Center (2300 Westchester Ave.)
  • Monday-Friday – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Grand Concourse Urgent Care Center (2532 Grand Concourse)
  • Monday-Friday – 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the majority of people, flu symptoms (e.g., high fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue, headaches and muscle aches) are relatively mild, and those patients should stay home and call their primary care physician. Only those with severe symptoms or those living with a chronic medical condition (e.g., asthma, heart disease, diabetes, neurological and kidney disorders, as well as other conditions that weaken the immune system) who are suffering from the flu should visit the emergency department.
“Our clinics and emergency departments are overwhelmingly busy with a significant increase in both adult and pediatric flu cases,” said Dr. Brian Currie, vice president and medical director for research at Montefiore. “We have seen an increase in the influx of flu patients over recent weeks with as many as 40 percent of people seeking care in our emergency departments testing positive for influenza.”
Those at greatest risk of complications from flu are children under the age of two, pregnant women and adults over the age of 65. People are urged to stay home and not go to school or work to if they are sick in order to prevent transmission of the flu.
It is not too late to get vaccinated. Antibodies that protect against the flu develop in about two weeks after vaccination, and the flu season is expected to continue through the spring. Those interested in getting a flu shot can visit clinics run by the Department of Health, area hospitals, including Montefiore, and commercial pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS and Duane Reade.
“Through Montefiore’s vast network of sites and extension of its operating hours, most Bronxites can easily access a flu shot,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I ask that all, not just those who are most vulnerable, but ALL Bronxites get the flu shot, and I thank Montefiore for the leadership they have taken to address the flu outbreak.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bronx Health REACH e-blast January 9th, 2013

Bronx Community Board Join Up – January 10th

Bronx Health REACH is co-hosting an event with Transportation Alternatives to make it easy and fun to join your Community Board.  Transportation Alternatives has held similar events in other boroughs, but this is the first time there will be a Community Board Join Up in the Bronx!  We'll have snacks and drinks for you to enjoy while you learn about the Community Board process from the Bronx Borough President's office and Transportation Alternatives.  Anyone interested in learning about Community Boards in the Bronx is welcome to attend this free event, which will be held Thursday, January, 10, 6:30pm - 8pm, at Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 432 East 149th Street, 4th Floor, Bronx, NY.  To RSVP call 212 633-0800 x1249 or go to   

Bronx Health REACH Segregated Care Workgroup Meeting – January 11th

Bronx Health REACH will hold its monthly Segregated Care Workgroup meeting on Friday, January 11th from 1pm-3pm at Cosmopolitan Church of the Lord Jesus at 39 West 190th Street, Bronx NY.  The workgroup will be planning its 2013 community outreach and education on the impact of segregated care in NY. For more information, contact Bernice McFarline at [email protected] or 212-633-0800 x 1344.

Bronx Health REACH Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup Meeting – January 17th

Bronx Health REACH will hold its next Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup meeting on Thursday, January 17th from 10am-12pm at the Morrisania WIC D&TC at 1225 Gerard Ave, Bronx NY 10452 (room 214).  The meeting will focus on school wellness; we will discuss creating a professional development series for schools on staff wellness. We will also hear about the A+NYC Mayoral school reform campaign. For more information, contact Kelly Moltzen at [email protected] or 212-633-0800 x 1328 or Emma Rodgers at [email protected] or 212-633-0800 x 1249. 

Save Phys Ed meeting – January 17th

Are you ready to launch a campaign that will bring real Phys Ed to every school?   Meet other like-minded groups and join Phys Ed Plus for an informational meeting and open forum to discuss how we can come together to fight the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and bring more Phys Ed to more kids.  The event will be held January 17th, 7-8:30pm, at Central Park East II – Cafeteria, 19 East 103rd Street at Madison.  RSVP required at:  [email protected]  Refreshments will be provided (coffee/water/fruit).  Bring the kids!  There will be a Fun & Fitness class for all kids K-5th grade for the duration of the meeting. $5/child benefiting Save Phys Ed.

School Garden Network meeting - January 22nd

GrowNYC and the Grow to Learn Citywide School Gardens Initiative will be hosting a School Garden Networking Meeting in the Bronx on January 22nd at 4:30pm. The topic will be “Identifying Curriculum Links” and there will be time for further discussion of what function the group can serve to better meet the needs of schools that want to start a school garden, or sustain or expand an already existing garden.  For more information, contact Matt Mili at [email protected] or 212.341.3685. 

NYC Department of Transportation Public Workshop – January 23rd

For several years, the Friends of the Williamsbridge Oval have advocated for much needed pedestrian safety improvements next to Williamsbridge Oval Park. Norwood residents of all ages and abilities expect and deserve a safe walk to this neighborhood recreation hub. On January 23rd, the NYC Department of Transportation will hold a workshop to get your input on how to improve pedestrian crossings along the Reservoir Oval, especially at the intersection with Holt Place.  The event will be held on January 23rd at 7pm at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 DeKalb Avenue in the Bronx. Your voice of support will help demonstrate to the DOT that pedestrian safety improvements must be installed at Williamsbridge Oval Park without delay. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Jennifer Godzeno at [email protected].

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Nutrition Workshop – Starts January 25th

Highbridge Community Life Center will be hosting a Nutrition Workshop series provided by Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC. There will be 6 workshops, each running 1 ½ hours long, starting January 25th.  The workshops will be conducted in English at 10:00am and in Spanish at 12:30pm at Highbridge Community Life Center, 1438 Ogden Ave, Bronx, NY 10452. Participants will prepare nutritious and delicious recipes, and taste new foods.  All are welcome. All interested candidates must call (646) 393-9533 x 117 and leave a message to register.  Please see attached flyer for more information. 

Cornell University Cooperative Extension Faith-Based Food Hubs

Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) New York City is offering Food Hub Training to Faith‐Based leaders during the months of January and February. If you or anyone from your organization/institution would like to attend, please RSVP to Dr. Khin Mar Cho at 212-‐340-2918 or [email protected] by Friday January 18, 2013. The training is FREE and will take about 90 minutes. Participants will receive a tool kit of Faith-Based Food Hub materials. In the Bronx, trainings will be on Wednesdays (9:30 AM-11:00 AM) at the CUCE- Bronx office, 432 E. 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 on the following dates (choose ONE): January 23, January 30, February 6th, 2013.  Please see attached schedule for information about additional training locations, dates, and opportunities.

GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box Program

GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box Program is a food access initiative that allows underserved communities to purchase fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce.  Customers can take advantage of the cost benefits of buying in a group and enjoy the quality and variety of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share with the flexibility to buy weekly instead of seasonally.  GrowNYC distributes Fresh Food Boxes in collaboration with community partner organizations at 3 sites in NYC presently.  Customers pre-order bags one week in advance on the designated distribution day, and the next week pick up their Fresh Food Box containing 8-10 seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as information on how to store and prepare the produce they’ve received.  Customers can pay in cash, credit/debit, and EBT/SNAP benefits.  GrowNYC is interested in expanding the program to the Bronx; organizations interested in partnering to bring more fresh food into nearby communities can contact Elizabeth Gregg at [email protected] or (212) 788-3581. For more information, please visit

Citizens Committee Grant Deadline – Deadline: January 31st

Have a Great Idea for a Community Improvement Project?  Through its Community Grants, Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them.  From East Tremont in the Bronx to West Brighton on Staten Island, the groups they support are carrying out projects as varied as community gardening, theater and fine arts, nutrition awareness, composting, beautification, tenant organizing, youth education, physical fitness, public safety, and more!  There will be several information sessions (January 9th (webinar) from 6-8pm, and January 16th at the Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Room C22).  The application deadline is January 31, 2013. Download the application here.  For more information, contact Will at [email protected] or 212-822-9568. 

CDC's National Healthy Worksite Program Training Webinar - January 14th

The CDC National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP) provides employers and interested organizations with nationwide access to worksite health training and resources.  These webinars focus on practical, skill-building training for employers to implement comprehensive worksite health programs.  The NHWP seeks to promote good health through prevention, reduce chronic illness and disability, and improve productivity outcomes that contribute to employers' competitiveness.  The next webinar will be Monday, January 14, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST.  Space is limited; reserve your webinar seat at: 

Communities Creating Healthy, Active Environments Webinar – January 17th

Communities across the nation are implementing projects that improve people’s ability be more physically active in their neighborhoods. This webinar will share lessons learned from different communities that increased opportunities for both children and adults to walk, bike, exercise and play through policy and environmental changes. The webinar will also provide evidence on how having access to parks, open space, trails, and other venues for physical activity is related to better health. Representatives from two different communities will share their stories, including successes in underserved neighborhoods to improve safety, aesthetics, and access to places to be active.  Sponsored by the Active Living Research and the Public Health Institute. The webinar will be held Thursday, January 17th from 2pm-3:30pm.  Register here.

Cancer Prevention Study

Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a historic nationwide study to better understand how lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors cause or prevent cancer. This March, Bronx residents passionate about helping to discover better ways to prevent, treat, and hopefully cure cancer have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a research study that has the potential to protect future generations from getting cancer.   The American Cancer Society of the Bronx is recruiting 500 men and women who are willing to commit to the study, must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. At enrollment, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a baseline and enrollment survey. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years for the next 20-30 years. While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, our world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved! For information on how to register for CPS-3 or how to become a Community Champion please visit 

Sheridan Academy Receives Grant for School Wellness Activities

Congratulations to Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders, which applied for and received a $1000 Game On! grant from Action for Healthy Kids.  The grant will support the creation of a co-ed basketball team for the school, and participation in the Girls on the Run program in Spring 2013. Sheridan Academy is a two-time Gold award recipient of NYC’s Excellence in School Wellness Award and a mentor school with the DOE Office of School Wellness.

Institute for Family Health Opens Family Health Center of Harlem

The Institute for Family Health recently opened the Family Health Center of Harlem, a newly-renovated 37,000 square foot health care facility located at 1824 Madison Avenue at 119th Street.  The new center will provide approximately 80,000 visits annually to patients of all ages, regardless of ability to pay.  The Institute opened its Harlem practice in July 2010 in an effort to preserve the community’s access to critical primary health services following the abrupt closing of North General Hospital. This is in addition to the new Stevenson Family Health Center which opened in the Bronx in August 2012, where the Institute now provides health services for Bronx residents at the site of the former Soundview Health Center.  For more information about the Institute for Family Health, visit 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(212) 633-0800 x Blog Facebook: Twitter:  Bronx Health REACH is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a program of the Institute for Family Health.

Monday, January 7, 2013

CPR and First Aid Training Course

Now Open to the Public!! CPR and First Aid Training Course

                            Learn how to save a life before it is too late………………….

Who: Anyone who is interested in learning and those who are required by law to be certified in the area of CPR and First Aid.

What: Courses offered include: Heart Saver First Aid and CPR/AED for Adult and Children population. (BLS) Basic Life Support CPR is also available for the healthcare professionals. All 2 year certifications will come from the American Heart Association within two weeks of successfully completing the course requirement.

Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.

Where: 1438 Ogden Ave. Bronx, NY 10452.  Onsite training is available upon request

Directions: Take # 4 or D train to East 161st Street/Yankee Stadium Station. Take the Bx-13 bus to 1438 Ogden Avenue

When: Weekends from 9am-3pm

Scheduled Dates For Up Coming Classes:
January:   ……….. January 19th 2013 (Saturday)  January 27th 2013 (Sunday)

February: .………. February 16th 2013 (Saturday)  February 24th 2013 (Sunday)

March: ………. March 23th 2013 (Saturday)  March 31st 2013 (Sunday)

*A minimum of 10 students per session are required.  If less than 10 students are in attendance the class will be postponed until the next session.
Cost: 10 to 20 students = $55 (all equipment and materials are included) *Group rates for 20+ Students are available

Instructor: Mr. Kevin Price has over 35 years of training experiences as an American Heart Association and  an American Red Cross Certified Instructor

Enrollment Contact Person:
·         Mr. Kevin Price : Ph.: (646) 393-9533 ext. 101Cell Ph.: (718)753-2351E-mail: [email protected]
·         Mr. Mark Meyer : Ph.: (646) 393-9533 ext. 108E-mail: [email protected]

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