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September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) is celebrating Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month by promoting the many benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating in keeping our community strong and healthy.

Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have to be expensive—there are many low-cost (or not cost!) alternatives, like adding chopped vegetables to pasta sauce or replacing your afternoon bag of chips with an apple. And simple changes like these can really pay off—eating healthy can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Fruits and veggies are also delicious! This is a great time to try a new recipe that features produce—or to bring home a fruit or vegetable that your family hasn’t tried before for fun. Remember, good habits start early—if you have kids, encouraging them to eat lots of fruits and veggies can go a long way in helping them develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Currently, BCHN is leading the Bronx REACH CHAMPS initiative to increase access to healthy foods in the Bronx. This is part of a larger initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase access to healthy foods in communities.

For more information, visit bronxreachchamps.org.

VIDEO: Bronx Health & Wellness ExpO+


Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) and Union Community Health Center (UCHC) partnered with O+ Festival, Montefiore Health System, Urban Justice Center, Fordham Road Business Improvement District, NYC Department of Transportation and several CBOs on the Bronx Health & Wellness ExpO+ at Fordham Plaza on August 13. The event capped off a week of activities that celebrated National Health Center Week, including BCHN's annual recognition dinner. The recap below was submitted by BCHN and UCHC to the #NHCW16 video contest.

#GoHealthy in the Park Series Kicks Off Second Programming Block


Bronx REACH CHAMPS aims to improve access to parks and open spaces for physical activity opportunities. In collaboration with Bronx Community Health Network and New Yorkers for Parks, Bronx REACH CHAMPS is creating easy to use guides to obtain park permits to Bronx parks for safe group physical activity and social engagements. In addition, the Bronx REACH CHAMPS Parks and Open Spaces Coalition--made up of nearly 40 local organizations--launched a program block of exercise and meditation classes in July that rotated throughout 5 Bronx parks. The second round of programming, which includes a nutrition workshop, will kick off August 31 and include all 6 parks in the program (Aqueduct Walk, Devoe Park, Poe Park, Seton Falls Park, Shoelace Park, St. James Park).

Below is a complete schedule of upcoming events:

DATE PARK PROGRAMS
August 31 POE PARK Chef Wilson (6:00-6:30 PM), N'Namdi Nelson (6:30-7:30 PM) 
Sept. 3 AQUEDUCT WALK Kathryn Davis (10:00-11:00 AM), Chef Wilson (11:00-11:30 AM)
Sept. 7 DEVOE PARK Chef Wilson (6:00-6:30 PM), N'Namdi Nelson (6:30-7:30 PM)
Sept. 10 SHOELACE PARK Kathryn Davis (10:00-11:00 AM), Chef Wilson (11:00-11:30 AM)
Sept. 14 DEVOE PARK Chef Wilson (6:00 PM - 6:30 PM), N'Namdi Nelson (6:30-7:30 PM)
Sept. 17 ST. JAMES PARK Kathryn Davis (10:30-11:30 AM) , Chef Wilson (11:30 AM-12:00 PM) 
N'Namdi Nelson (12:00 - 1:00 PM)
Sept. 21 POE PARK Chef Wilson (6:00 PM - 6:30 PM), N'Namdi Nelson (6:30-7:30 PM)
Sept. 24 SETON FALLS PARK Kathryn Davis (10:30-11:30 AM) , Chef Wilson (11:30 AM-12:00 PM) 
N'Namdi Nelson (12:00 - 1:00 PM)

Children under 18 must have a consent form or be accompanied by parents.