Happy New Year from Bronx Health REACH!

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Happy New Year! 

Bronx Health REACH wishes you a healthy and successful 2019! We look forward to working with you to pursue opportunities to improve the health and well-being of Bronx residents as we also work to confront the challenges, both new and existing. Below are some of our major accomplishments from 2018 we would like to share with you. 



New and Improved Bronx Delta

School Playground Opens


The new and improved Bronx Delta School playground opened in September after months of construction. Located in the Throgg’s Neck Community of the Bronx, the Bronx Delta School playground consisted of a bare and empty blacktop, without any play structures. With funding provided by City Council Member James Vacca and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. along with an Active Design Grant from Bronx Health REACH, the playground was completely renovated and now that is has opened to the public, features a running track, basketball courts, kickball space, a practice tennis court, a garden and a jungle gym .



Popularity of The Bronx Salad

Continues to Grow 

This year ten Bronx eateries added the Bronx Salad to their menus and BronxWorks has served the salad to over 600 participants in their children, teen, and adult programs. 15 schools received the Bronx Salad toolkit and starter seed kit with six schools growing and harvesting the salad ingredients. Delmy Restaurant's version of the Bronx Salad (owner Miriam Gomez above left) was featured on the cover of the April  2017 issue of Edible Bronx magazine and feature on how the salad came about. News12 The Bronx, DNA  Info spoke with some of the eateries that are partners in the Healthy Restaurant program.  


MTA Board Votes to Ban Alcohol Ads

on Subways, Buses and Trains 

After years of gathering petition signatures, holding rallies, and appearing at various MTA public hearings, Building Alcohol Ad-Free Transit (BAAFT) and Bronx Health REACH coalition members work paid off when the NYC MTA Board voted on October 25th to ban all alcohol ads on subways, buses and trains. This victory helps to assure that, at least in the transit system, New York City children will not be exposed to alcohol ads.


First Ever Vegetable and Fruit Symposium

Hosted by Bronx Health REACH 

On November 1st Bronx Health REACH held a Vegetable and Fruit Prescription Program Symposium at the NYC offices of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Over 40 people attended to learn how organizations have implemented prescription programs to increase access to fresh vegetables and fruits for patients who are at risk for diet-related disease. Organizations presenting on their own prescription programs included Bronx Health REACH, Mt. Sinai and Corbin Hill Food Project, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Wholesome Wave. 



Bronx Bodega Partners Workgroup

Debuts â€œDon’t Stress, Eat Fresh”

Bronx Bodegas Marketing Campaign 

On November 15th the Bronx Bodega Partners Workgroup announced the “Don’t Stress Eat Fresh” marketing campaign to increase awareness of the healthy food options available at several Bronx bodegas. The event provided an an overview of the healthy bodega initiatives being implemented by the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH, Montefiore’s Office of Community & Population Health, the Bodega Association, Bronx Community Health Network, BronxWorks, and the Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network Inc. Other partners include Goya Foods, Spring Bank, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., American Dairy Association North East, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Bronx Health Action Center. Watch for a full campaign launch coming to the Bronx in 2018.

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