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Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S Workshop Teaches Bronx Children About Healthy Food Choices and Importance of Exercise


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Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S Workshop Teaches Bronx Children About
Healthy Food Choices and Importance of Exercise

BRONX, N.Y.— In honor of Bronx Week 2015, Bronx Community Health Network and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club held a Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S (Healthy Eating and Living in Schools) workshop on Friday, May 15, 2015.

The workshop which featured DJ AD of the Cold Crush Brothers, focused on teaching children grades K-3 about healthy eating habits and proper calorie counting. Nearly 50 children attended the event and got the opportunity to dance and sing along to videos featuring hip hop legends including, Dougie Fresh and Chuck D. These videos also combined healthy lifestyle tips with hip hop beats, to encourage the children to make better food choices.

The children in attendance also learned the Go (green), Slow (yellow), Whoa (red), traffic light method, to help them identify foods they should have frequently (go), foods they should have occasionally (slow), and foods they should stay away from (whoa). During a calorie counting exercise, the children also learned which of their favorite fast foods contained the most calories and why they are unhealthy choices. The children also received Hip Hop H.E.A.L.S comic coloring books, and wrist bands, reinforcing the information they learned in a colorful and playful way.

This workshop is in conjunction with BCHN’s Bronx REACH CHAMPS program. BCHN was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), a national program administered by CDC, aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health. REACH’s approaches cut across a number of evidence- and practice-based interventions to support community coalitions that design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate community-driven strategies to eliminate health disparities in chronic disease. Providing the infrastructure for coordinating, implementing, and evaluating successful evidence- or practice-based approaches and programs the community.

BCHN and its partners are increasing their effort to encourage Bronx families, particularly those with young children, to become more physically active. They are also joining forces to support initiatives such as Shop Healthy NYC. This program encourages Bronx supermarket owners, food suppliers, and distributors to help increase and promote healthy foods.

About BCHN

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN) is a non-profit organization and federally funded health center. Our 15 affiliated community- and school-based centers are owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Located throughout the Bronx, these health centers offer affordable, quality medical care and related health services for all, including under- and uninsured Bronx families. Call (718) 904-2516 for appointments for comprehensive pediatric, adolescent, and adult medicine, women’s health, dentistry, and behavioral health services. Our dedicated health care providers and professionals also provide regular checkups, flu shots, immunizations, and other essential diagnostic and social support services, including health education and nutrition counseling, and asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and cancer management programs. www.bchnhealth.org. Follow BCHN: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Madison Square Boys & Girls Club

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club: Since 1884, Madison has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing youth development services for children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle. Every day, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx. www.madisonsquare.org

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