November 2016 Newsletter
Happy Thanksgiving!

Bronx Community Health Network wishes you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
It's that time of year again. Families gather around the Thanksgiving table to share time together as they enjoy delicious meals prepared with love. Below is a healthy take on some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

BCHN News & Resources
BCHN Receives Recognition from Highbridge Community Church

BCHN was recognized for its ongoing outreach and partnership by Highbridge Community Church on November 12 during the Second Saturday Outreach Service. Every second Saturday of the month, HCC educates the community by providing informational workshops on health issues and screenings. The church also provides gospel music, dance performances, drama, and a message of home along with a healthy home-cooked meal. On hand to accept the honor were BCHN project director Nancy Padilla-Manus, and patient navigators May Saywack and Raquel Ortiz.

BCHN Adds New Board of Directors and Advisory Council Members
Bronx Community Health Network is thankful for the addition of new members to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council during 2016. Charles Barnett, Robin Bethea, Millie Pacheco, John Ruiz and John Sibiski joined our Board this year. Led by Dr. Katherine Lobach, the Advisory Council now consists of Torrance Akinsanya, Marta Baez, James Carey, Arlyne Coker, Stella Onuoha-Obilor, Calvin Ramsey, Maria Rodriguez and Cruz Rodriguez. Find out more here.

Blood Pressure Screenings & Health Bucks Distributed at NYBG Greenmarket

BCHN's outreach team offered free blood pressure screenings and distributed Health Bucks at the New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket during the final three Wednesdays in October. Health Bucks can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at certain farmers' markets. The Greenmarket provided affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh and nutritious baked goods and other specialty items. Visitors were taught how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritious meals during cooking demonstrations, and found out about composting, recycling and growing vegetables. Participating from BCHN were community health worker Ndeye NGom-Mbacke and health educator Arousiag Markarian (pictured above with NYBG volunteer Ea Burlingame).


November is American Diabetes Month

Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.

This is exactly why the American Diabetes Association marks each November as American Diabetes Month: to bring extra attention to the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

If you have diabetes or are trying to manage your weight, don’t let food stress you out this holiday season. Check out some tips for navigating the Thanksgiving feast at


EngageNYC Teams Up with Bronx Mpowerment Project

BCHN's EngageNYC program manager Eric Machicote teamed up with core members of the Bronx Mpowerment Project on November 16 for a photoshoot aimed at promoting an upcoming PrEP social media campaign. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV to prevent the infection by taking a pill every day. The campaign features a group of young adults providing education on all aspects of sexual health, and PrEP.

The Bronx Mpowerment Project focuses on training young men who have sex with men (MSM) on all aspects of their sexual health. EngageNYC is a joint effort by Bronx Community Health Network and Montefiore Medical Group to provide access to high quality health care for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in the Bronx and New York City.

Daffodil Planting Party at Devoe Park

Bronx REACH CHAMPS Parks & Open Spaces Coalition members Bronx Community Health Network, Fordham Hill Owners Corporation, Montefiore Health System Office of Community & Population Health, New Yorkers for Parks and the NYC Parks Department joined forces with the kids from Washington Greys Military Academy on November 5 at Devoe Park to remove trash, pull weeds, rake, and plant 1,000 daffodil bulbs, courtesy of The Daffodil Project. Check out some highlights from the planting party in the video below.
The Coalition looks forward to returning to Devoe Park in the spring to see the daffodils blooming.

The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. With nearly 6 million free bulbs planted citywide by more than 100,000 young students, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city's history.
Free Thanksgiving Meals in the Bronx

Real Life Church & The Prodigal Center
Free Thanksgiving meal plus free clothes and toiletries.

940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx NY 10474
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Check the BCHN website on November 23 and 24 for an updated list of locations serving free Thanksgiving dinner. We will update as new information becomes available.

To learn about upcoming events and locations check out the BCHN events page, or to arrange for BCHN representatives to be at your upcoming event, contact us.

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