Children Get a Lesson About Healthy Food Choices and Importance of Exercise at Webster Ave PAL

BCHN Web Release

Children Get a Lesson About Healthy Food Choices
and Importance of Exercise at Webster Ave PAL

BRONX, N.Y.— In honor of Bronx Week 2015, BCHN, along with the New York City Road Runners held a workshop highlighting the importance of physical activity and eating right.

Held at the Webster Avenue Police Athletic League, on May 15, 2015, the event attracted nearly 20 school-aged children, eager to learn about the different kinds of physical activities they can take part in to stave off health-related issues later on in life.

Chef Geneva Wilson, owner of Ms. Geneva’s 50/50, helped younger kids make a meal, provided a lesson on serving portions, demonstrated healthy cooking techniques, and provided recipes for the kids to make at home with their families.

Workshop leaders demonstrated several stretching techniques and warm up exercises to do before prolonged physical activity in order to avoid injuries. The day was capped off with several team competitions for the children.

This event is also one of the activities held as a part of 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 encouraging 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. Follow BCHN: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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