Friday, June 17, 2011

Bronx Health REACH e-blast: June 17, 2011

** Legacy Project Funding Opportunity for Projects Addressing Diabetes Related Health Disparities – proposals due July 8**
Bronx Health REACH, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) designated National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED), announces a request for proposals for projects which aim to eliminate diabetes related health disparities affecting African American and/or Latino populations. Bronx Health REACH/New York CEED will award 3 grants of $25,000-$30,000 for a period of one year beginning September 30, 2011. Proposals for funding are due by July 8, 2011. For application or if you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact: Jill Linnell, (212) 633-0800 ext. 1305 or Yvette Holland, (212) 633-0800 ext. 1232.

Good Health Bronx Initiative – June 18th
The Bronx Multi Faith Advisory Group and NYC Department of Health Office of Minority Health is hosting a full-day Good Health Bronx Initiative on June 18th in Crotona Park. The event will feature a 3 mile faith walk, health screenings, and information about health concerns affecting Bronx residents. Registration for the faith walk is required and each person will receive a free t-shirt. For information on registering please contact Lisa White at 646-253-5800 or email her at

Green Bronx Machine – launch party June 22nd and help a classroom get computers!
Green Bronx Machine is a new youth initiative focused on generating authentic voices in health, wellness, and academic and vocational career readiness. The United Federation of Teachers is hosting a launch party for the program on June 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at Café Iguana on West 54th Street in Manhattan. The Green Bronx Machine will receive a set of computers for a school classroom if they receive 1,000 “likes” on Facebook and/or followers on Twitter by June 22nd, so please visit or and help out! You can also watch a video starring Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and State Senator Gustavo Rivera about the Green Bronx Machine here:

Bronx Health REACH Nutrition and Fitness Committee – June 23rd
Bronx Health REACH is holding its monthly nutrition and fitness committee on Thursday, June 23rd from 10 am to noon at Walker Memorial Baptist Church in the Bronx (120 E. 169thStreet). The topics discussed will be the school health policy work of HEA+LTHY Schools NY and resumption of the three working groups on physical activity, nutrition and tobacco. Also, there will be updates on the Johnson & Johnson initiative and the social marketing project. All are welcome to attend.

Bronx Health REACH Coalition Meeting – June 24th
Bronx Health REACH is holding its quarterly coalition meeting on Friday, June 24th at Walker Memorial Baptist Church in the Bronx (120 E. 169th Street). The meeting will take place from 9:30 am to 12 pm and all are welcome to attend.

Hunts Point Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 29th
Starting Wednesday June 29th, the Hunts Point Farmer’s Market will be open twice a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) through November. The market will be open from 8:30 am to 5 pm rain or shine at Msr Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Blvd. and E.163rd StAlex’s Tomato Farm located in Carlisle, N.Y. will sell fresh and local fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs, and plants. The farmers market will accept state issued Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and there will be nutrition education lessons and cooking demonstrations conducted every Wednesday by NYC Department of Health. Free HealthBucks will be distributed at the workshops for people to spend at the farmers market. Please contact Dagmar Kostkova at for more information.

Bronx CAN Health Initiative
Bronx Health REACH and the Institute for Family Health are proud sponsors and partners of the Bronx CAN Health Initiative, a borough-wide community health initiative promoting healthy behaviors throughout the Bronx community. The Bronx CAN Health Initiative, led by New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera (33rd District) and Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.,  is a collaborative effort with community groups, residents, faith-based institutions, health care providers, and others to encourage healthier lifestyles in our communities. For more information about the Bronx CAN Health Initiative and to see a calendar of events, visit:

Bronx Health REACH featured in UFT-ACTS Spring Newsletter!
The United Federation of Teachers Alliance for Charter Teachers and Staff highlighted Bronx Health REACH’s obesity prevention program at the Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School in its Spring newsletter. The program, funded by the Johnson & Johnson/John Hopkins Community Health Care Scholars Program, is part of a national effort to provide elementary school children with nutrition education. Bronx Health REACH staff member Diana Johnson taught two third grade classes at Bronx Academy of Promise about healthy eating over six sessions and has brought this program to other schools in the Bronx. Bronx Health REACH plans to expand the program to reach 600 students and will also train teachers to teach the whole curriculum on their own.

The Virginia Faith-Based Outreach Initiative featured in local newspaper!
The Virginia Faith-Based Outreach Initiative, a Bronx Health REACH legacy grantee, was featured in the Suffolk News-Herald about its five-week fitness program in local churches. The Virginia program started when a Bronx Health REACH coalition member relocated to Suffolk, Virginia and asked if she could start a fitness program at her church modeled after Bronx Health REACH’s Fine, Fit and Fabulous program. The Virginia-based program combines faith with physical activity and nutrition information and runs for five weeks. Read the article here:

Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership Newsletter – June 2011
The Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership highlights its partnership with Bronx Health REACH in its June newsletter. Bronx Health REACH staff members Sigrid Aarons and Bernice McFarline have worked closely with the Smoke-Free Partnership on protesting tobacco marketing toward youth in stores and in organizing the World No Tobacco Day held last month in Union Square. 

Excellence in School Wellness Awards
Bronx Health REACH is pleased to announce that four of our HEA+LTHY Schools NY partner schools received recognition from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health for Excellence in School Wellness. PS 218 and Sheridan Academy received Gold Medals, PS 43 received a Silver Medal, and PS 64 received an honorable mention. The award ceremony for schools in the Bronx will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse) from 3 pm to 5 pm. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

The Prevention Institute discusses how “overweight is the new normal”
In its weekly e-newsletter, the Prevention Institute explores how changes in our environment, such as larger food portion sizes, have transformed our cultural norms surrounding food and physical activity, and our behavior. The Institute examines how what surrounds us shapes our behavior toward nutrition and fitness and provides tips on how to inform legislators about community prevention and creating healthier environments. Read more here:

Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications
The Women Helping Others Foundation is inviting grant applications from grassroots organizations for programs that serve the overlooked needs of women and children in the United States. The Foundation is particularly looking for projects or programs that address health or social service needs. The grants will range from $1,000 to $40,000 and are open to 501(c)(3) organizations that have been incorporated for at least three years. To learn more about funding guidelines, eligibility restrictions, and application procedures, please visit:

The New York City Departments of Parks & Recreation and Health & Mental Hygiene have launched – a search engine to find FREE and low-cost fitness opportunities in New York City. Visit to find and join free or low-cost fitness activities, such as lunchtime walking groups, after-work runs, yoga meet-ups or zumba classes, as well as organize a fitness activity and invite friends and family to join using Facebook.

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