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.

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