|Montefiore's Nicole Joseph, Gold Grill Deli Grocery owner Patricia Tejada, and BCHN's Mike Hernandez.|
Montefiore's Community & Population Health Program Supervisor, Nicole Joseph, led off the program, and was followed by remarks from Mike Hernandez, BCHN's Bronx REACH CHAMPS Program Manager, and Craig Willingham, Program Development Manager, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Health Equity.
"Every small change that bodega owners make in their stores can have a lasting impact on the health outcomes of our Bronx communities," Joseph explained. The two honorees are working "to provide healthy options in their stores for community members coping with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity."
The goal of Bronx REACH CHAMPS initiatives is to reduce obesity and improve the overall health and wellness of the Bronx's culturally and ethnically diverse population.
"We are trying to affect positive health outcomes for the people in the Bronx that need help the most," Hernandez explained.
Willingham expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by the store owners to bring healthier products to their neighborhood.
"It's really exciting to see this day finally come to fruition," he told the audience, which included community members from places such as Eastchester Presbyterian Church.
Patricia Tejada, the owner of Gold Grill Deli Grocery, was on hand to receive the Borough President's proclamation.
"I'm so excited I can help people get healthy food," she said.
Shop Healthy NYC works with communities – including residents, food retailers, and food suppliers and distributors – to increase access to healthy foods. Shop Healthy NYC’s main focus is on those neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and limited access to nutritious foods.