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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

     - If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
     - If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
     - Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

For more information visit nationalbreastcancer.org.

Gold Grill Deli Grocery Makes Waves as “Healthy Bodega” in the Bronx

Gold Grill Deli Grocery is located at 1226 E Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.
On nearly every corner in the Bronx, you can find a bodega. They are an important source of food and beverages for many Bronx residents, as there are a lack of full-service grocery stores. Seeing the importance of bodegas in many communities, Patricia Tejeda, a frequent bodega patron, wanted to have her own store, but wanted to set herself apart from other bodegas. Patricia wanted to offer her customers healthier options as she knew that there were many people living in her community who struggled with obesity and related issues such as diabetes and hypertension. Patricia bought a bodega on the corner of Pearsall and Gun Hill Road in the Eastchester section of the Bronx named “Gold Grill Deli Grocery.” The area had a number of stores and fast food restaurants selling less healthy food and Patricia wanted her customers to not only have their everyday items, but healthier versions of those items. Patricia knew that in order for her to meet her goal that she needed to identify the healthier options customers would purchase while ensuring the profitability and sustainability of her business.

As a new business owner, Patricia faced numerous obstacles. At times, these obstacles made her feel as if her efforts were not making a difference. The major obstacles requiring her attention included: Obtaining the appropriate licenses and fixing and replacing broken equipment; along with some minor changes such as improving the store lighting, getting rid of expired food, and improving the placement and storage of perishable foods.

After working to overcome these challenges, Patricia shifted her attention to the next piece of the puzzle — increasing the availability of healthier food and beverage options at her store and offering them at reasonable prices.

Read more about the success of Gold Grill Deli Grocery here. Watch Patricia share her story in the video below.

Bronx REACH CHAMPS Releases Guides for Seven Locals Parks and Open Spaces

Bronx Community Health Network is proud to announce a set of Bronx REACH CHAMPS guides for parks and open spaces have been developed, and are now available online.

The seven guides, prepared by New Yorkers for Parks, include information on the following Bronx parks and open spaces: Poe Park, St. James Park, Devoe Park, Aqueduct Walk, Soundview Park, Seton Falls Park and Shoelace Park.

Bronx REACH CHAMPS sponsored community-based public events designed at these seven locations to increase park access and enhance current parks programming for community residents this past summer.

Each guide includes a colorful 11"x17" format featuring:
- Brief history of the park
- Directions and transportation information
- Visitor's map
- List of park-specific facilities and available activities
- Checklist of park activities requiring a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- Instructions on how to obtain park permits
- Current programming specific to each park
- Contact information for NYC council representatives whose community district includes each park

Download the guides at the links below:

Devoe Park

Poe Park

St. James Park

Seton Falls Park

Shoelace Park

Soundview Park

Aqueduct Walk

In 2014, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) applied for and received a three-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bronx REACH CHAMPS program was then created with a goal to reduce obesity and improve the overall health and wellness of the Bronx’s culturally and ethnically diverse population. BCHN formed a coalition to tackle the root causes of the problem with partners Acacia Network/Promesa; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Montefiore Office of Community and Population Health; Montefiore School of Health Program; NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health-Segundo Ruiz Belvis and The Bronx Health Link. The team has implemented a number of nutrition and physical activity interventions that have shown great promise in changing policies, systems and environments that support access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and options for active living. Find out more at bronxreachchamps.org.

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) is a non-profit Federally Funded Health Center that sponsors 17 community- and school-based health centers, owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Serving more than 100,000 individuals from the Bronx each year, BCHN health centers offer Bronx residents affordable, quality medical care and related health services regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. Through its centers, individuals have access to comprehensive patient-centered care, including support services such as social workers, health educators, and nutritionists. Through its community based programs, BCHN promotes healthy lifestyles through health-related events; and links and refers community members to health care and other social support services. To find out more, visit bchnhealth.org.

New Yorkers for Parks conducts research and develops tangible policy recommendations around our findings related to park development, management and sustainability. Using this research as a foundation for our advocacy campaigns, NY4P drives both immediate actions and long-term policies that protect and enhance the city’s vast network of parks, ensure adequate and equitable distribution of open space resources to all neighborhoods, and inform and empower communities throughout New York City to advocate for their open space needs. To support our efforts, NY4P builds and maintains strategic partnerships with government officials and agencies, local parks groups and conservancies, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Find out more at ny4p.org.