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BCHN Promoting Healthy Nutrition Through Worksite Wellness Program, Toolkit Now Available Online

Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) has released "Go Healthy at Work: A Worksite Wellness Toolkit" in both English and Spanish. "Go Healthy at Work" was developed by BCHN as part of its Bronx REACH Champs Worksite Wellness initiative, and is intended for community and faith-based organizations, schools and other worksites seeking to improve the health of the Bronx workforce.

"We are proud to be working with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and leadership of local organizations and networks to make a commitment to promote healthy nutrition habits in their work environment," said BCHN chief executive officer Eleanor Larrier. "By making healthy beverage, meal and snack options available for employees, volunteers, clients and guests, these organizations have taken an important step towards improving the overall health of Bronx residents."

A worksite wellness program is a single or collection of voluntary health promotion activities or an organization wide structure that supports healthy behaviors and has the potential to improve health outcomes for employees. The programs can be as complex or as simple as an organization has the ability to provide.

The toolkit is a resource to get organizational worksite wellness programs started through the adoption of the New York City Voluntary Food Standards, thus making the healthy choice the easy choice when eating and drinking at work.

Participating organizations in the Worksite Wellness program include the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and the Fordham Road Business Improvement District.

The Bronx REACH Champs Worksite Wellness initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Bronx Community Health Network
Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is a non-profit community-based organization and Federally Funded Health Center that is changing lives every day. BCHN assures access to quality, affordable medical, oral and behavioral health care and related diagnostic and social support services at 18 network health centers, for over 105,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay, immigration or other status. BCHN engages and collaborates with more than 60 community, faith, and multi-sector organizations and agencies to harness local assets and resources for innovative community health promotion, education and outreach programs. This dual approach results in bi-directional, seamless care coordination between health centers and surrounding neighborhoods, connecting patients and Bronx residents with a wide array of services and resources to manage chronic disease, overcome social, economic and education challenges, and embrace healthy living. BCHN also works with community partners to advocate for policies and resources that will achieve health equity for racial and ethnic populations with disparate rates of illness, disability and deaths from preventable and chronic diseases. To find out more, visit bchnhealth.org.