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Go Healthy! WALK For Your Heart!

Did you know about 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases? That’s about one every 40 seconds. Shockingly, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

February is American Heart Month, and is an excellent time to teach your family and friends that cardiovascular disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and properly managing their existing health conditions.

One of the many ways Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) promotes healthy living is through its Bronx REACH CHAMPS initiative, with a goal of increasing access to local parks and open spaces. As part of the effort to increase opportunities for physical activity in the Bronx, BCHN is proudly participating in American Heart Month, and taking this opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and increase knowledge about prevention.

Walking is one way to lower your risk of heart disease, and it's also a great way to get active. As part of its #GoHealthy campaign, BCHN created walking paths for the Fordham area to inform local residents about readily available areas in local parks and open spaces. Guides were also created to provide Bronxites with key information on seven local parks and open spaces.

WALKING PATHS

Shoelace Park (Bronx River)


Devoe Park


St. James Park


Poe Park


Aqueduct Walk


PARK GUIDES

Seven park guides, prepared by New Yorkers for Parks, were developed to increase awareness of the following Bronx parks and open spaces: Poe Park, St. James Park, Devoe Park, Aqueduct Walk, Soundview Park, Seton Falls Park and Shoelace Park.

Each guide features:
- 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 park guides in English and Spanish at the links below:

Devoe Park
English / Spanish

St. James Park
English / Spanish

Poe Park
English / Spanish

Aqueduct Walk
English / Spanish

Seton Falls Park
English / Spanish

Shoelace Park
English / Spanish

Soundview Park
English / Spanish

For more information about the #GoHealthy campaign and to stay on top of all the heart healthy news, visit BCHNhealth.org, follow us on Twitter (@BCHNHealth), and like BCHNHealth on Facebook.

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ABOUT BRONX REACH CHAMPS
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.

ABOUT BRONX COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK
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.