January 2017 Newsletter
New Year, New Goals...

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 50% of the population makes New Year's resolutions, with the focus commonly on weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, better money management and debt reduction. Researchers have determined only 8% of people keep their resolutions. The first two weeks usually go along beautifully, but by February, people are backsliding and by the following December, most people are back where they started, sometimes even further behind.

There are many reasons people can’t stick to their resolutions, from setting too many of them to getting derailed by small failures. Setting overly ambitious and restrictive goals ― like quitting sugar when you haven’t already been making small changes to improve your diet ― is one major cause of failure.

Small, incremental lifestyle changes may feel less sexy, but they have a much greater chance of creating real change. According to Dr. Roberta Anding, a registered dietician and nutrition professor at Baylor College of Medicine, moderating your resolutions could be the difference between giving up in February and creating a lasting lifestyle change.

“Resolving not to eat something anymore, such as pasta, may not be the most practical goal,” Anding told The Huffington Post. “A reset allows for a plan B, and the thought is that you set goals that are doable for you, your family and your circumstances.”

Taking Anding’s approach, you might decide to only indulge in a burger once a week, or cut your meat portion sizes in half and add more vegetables to your plate instead.

BBC World News Visits BCHN and Family Health Center

On January 9, chief executive officer Eleanor Larrier was interviewed by BBC World News reporter Michelle Fleury at the Fordham Plaza headquarters for BCHN. Fleury and her camera crew were then given a tour of Montefiore's Family Health Center by administrator Otis Lewis. Family Health Center has been part of the Bronx Community Health Network for the past 20 years.

Ms. Larrier was featured in a segment on President Obama's economic legacy that aired January 10 on BBC World New Programs such as Outside Source and World Business Report.

"I think his economic legacy has benefited the healthcare sector, which has grown," she explained. "It has brought tremendous increase in technology and innovation."

The story focused on the impact of funding from The Recovery Act (aka The Stimulus) in 2009, which helped provide better access and drive improved health outcomes for over 90,000 BCHN patients.

Watch below.

A longer version of the segment was featured the next day during the BBC Radio 4 Best of Today program, which is heard around the world. You can listen to it here.
BCHN News & Resources
Marble Hill Family Practice Joins Bronx Community Health Network
Montefiore's Marble Hill Family Practice is now part of the Bronx Community Health Network, bringing the total number of BCHN health centers to 18. Led by administrator Odelisa Joaquin, Marble Hill Family Practice (5525 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463) has offered primary and specialty healthcare services since 1995. Look for more on this story in our February newsletter.


Pilot Diabetes Prevention Program Class In Progress at Family Health Center
Community health worker Emma Torres is currently leading a Diabetes Prevention Program class at Family Health Center, a pilot program from BCHN and the Montefiore Office of Community and Population Health.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is an innovative, clinically proven program being offered to patients at Montefiore health centers. The 16-session group behavior change class helps address the prediabetes epidemic through peer support, healthy eating, increased activity, weight management, and other lifestyle changes. The goal is for participants to reach a 7% decrease in body weight and achieve 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

The class recently completed its 10th formal group session out of 16. So far, roughly 7 participants have attended regularly, with a total group weight loss of 48 pounds.

The group has developed outstanding cohesion and peer support, some calling each other to discuss challenges, help navigate solutions and applaud each other’s success. Three participants have recently joined a gym, and the group has started tracking and counting their steps using pedometers given in the class. Even the facilitator has begun tracking her steps and there is friendly competition among the group. One participant has reported increasing her steps to 13,000 a day (3,000 steps over the 10,000 step recommendation for active daily lives).

On January 5, Chef Wilson led a healthy cooking demonstration for the group (see photo above).

Healthy Holiday Eating Workshop at Bronxworks NORC

On December 23, health educator Arousiag Markarian and community health worker Michelle Forrester led a Healthy Holiday Eating workshop with the seniors at BronxWorks NORC.


BCHN Advisory Council Annual Meeting
On January 26, the Advisory Council Annual Meeting was held at BCHN headquarters in Fordham Plaza. Richard Thomas, Board of Directors Vice President, welcomed attendees, and the Executive Team presented information about the organization to new Advisory Council members. The Council is led by Dr. Katherine S. Lobach, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Healthy Recipes
BCHN is planning multiple activities for Heart Month in February (stay tuned!). To help kick things off a few days early, check out these healthy recipes from the American Heart Association's Simple Cooking with Heart program.


Nutritional Analysis Per 2/3 cup serving
- Calories 218
- Total Fat 6.9 g
- Cholesterol 0 g
- Sodium 128 mg
- Carbohydrates 36 g
- Fiber 9 g
- Protein 7 g

- 15 oz. canned, no-salt-added black beans (1 can), drained, rinsed
- 15.25 oz. canned, no-salt-added or low-sodium whole kernel corn (1 can), drained, rinsed
- 1 cup avocado (1 medium or 2 small), halved, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 mangos (about 2 cups), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 green onions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces OR
- 1/2 small red or white onion (about 1/4 cup), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 or 1/2 jalapeño pepper, stems discarded, seeded, and finely chopped, optional
- 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. fresh or bottled lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt

1. Wash and dry lettuce, then chop or tear into 2 inch pieces and divide into 6 bowls or plates.
2. Combine the black beans, corn, mango, avocado, onions and jalapeño pepper. Do not mix until
3. Combine the lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, chili powder, black pepper and salt together in a jar with a secure lid, shake together until mixed well and pour over the mango and avocado
4. Toss gently to coat and serve over the lettuce and mixed greens.


Nutritional Analysis Per 2/3 cup serving
- Calories 135
- Total Fat 1g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 3mg
- Carbohydrates 27g
- Fiber 2g
- Protein 1g

- 2 cups seedless grapes, frozen (red and black pictured)
- 2 tablespoons honey

1. Place the grapes and honey in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade
2. Process, scraping down the bowl of the processor if necessary, until the grapes are very finely chopped and mostly smooth in texture
3. Divide between 2 chilled glasses or dessert bowls
4. Serve immediately

BCHN Events Calendar

Wednesdays (3:30-4:30PM) - Shape Up NYC Cardio Dance for Seniors
BCHN health educator Arousiag Markarian recently became a certified Shape Up NYC instructor, and is teaching a FREE Cardio Dance for Seniors class on Wednesdays at SAGE Center - Bronx.


"Suited For Success" Men's Suit Drive - Through February 10

As part of the ongoing #MBBAGives initiative, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association is hosting a Men’s Suit Drive for ex-offenders recently released from Rikers Island Prison Complex. Statistics show that within 3 years of release, 67% of released prisoners are re-arrested. Our goal is to help recent parolees stay on the right path by making it just a little easier for them to find job opportunities.

The drive, which runs through February 17, would not possible without the support of “100 Suits For 100 Men,” a not-for-profit organization committed to reducing prison recidivism by assisting ex-offenders in finding gainful employment.

For more information or to find a drop-off location, visit mbbanyc.org.


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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