February 2017 Newsletter
BCHN Goes Red for American Heart Month

Did you know that 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases? That’s about one every 40 seconds. Shockingly, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

February is American Heart Month, an excellent time to teach your family and friends that cardiovascular disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and properly managing their existing health conditions.

Bronx Community Health Network has been proudly participating in Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and increase knowledge about prevention. In addition to going red for Wear Red Day on February 3, BCHN's outreach team has led workshops on heart health, women's health, hypertension and nutrition.

Go Healthy! WALK For Your Heart!

Walking is one way to lower your risk of heart disease, and it's also a great way to get active. As part of our #GoHealthy campaign, BCHN created walking paths for the Fordham area to inform local residents about readily available areas in local parks and open spaces.

New Yorkers for Parks created guides to provide Bronxites with key information on the seven local parks and open spaces in the Bronx REACH CHAMPS initiative. The guides are now available in English and Spanish.

BCHN is using bus shelter advertising to promote walking to local Fordham parks. The maps and park guides can be downloaded here.

BCHN News & Resources
BCHN Naloxone Workshops Covered by GroundTruth Podcast, Voices of NY

GroundTruth is a podcast about global reporting on the front lines of the planet’s most urgent issues — from terrorism to global warming to income inequality. An upcoming episode will cover the opioid epidemic in the Bronx. It includes audio from a Naloxone workshop conducted January 31st by BCHN community health worker, Yaritza Holguin, at Montefiore's Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC). CHCC has been a member of the Bronx Community Heath Network since 1997. GroundTruth reporter Stephanie Daniel spoke with others at CHCC, including Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, about Naloxone, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible overdose.

Photographs were also taken at the workshop for inclusion in a report Mayor Bill de Blasio's office will be releasing soon on opioid treatment.

On February 23, another Naloxone workshop was held at Argus Community for a packed room of ACCESS II Care Coordination Program members. "Having the training is very beneficial for the community to learn how to prevent overdose," said Maria A. Rodriguez, Vice President of Care Coordination Services. This workshop was covered by Voices of NY for inclusion in a forthcoming story.


Health Literacy Workshops Conducted at Bronx Libraries
Over the past several weeks, BCHN community health worker Rhea Chandler and health educator Arousiag Markarian have been meeting community members in public libraries around the Bronx to inform them about health insurance and the importance of enrolling for health care. They also share information about the many direct and referral services BCHN has to offer. Participants are able to ask questions and express their concerns about navigating the health care system.


BCHN Outreach Team Featured in BPHC Newsletter
The Community Health Promotion and Education Program (CHPEP) team was featured in the February Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities newsletter.

“BCHN takes every patient’s needs and challenges very seriously,” BCHN chief executive officer Eleanor Larrier explained in the article. “Our CHWs, patient navigators and ED Liaisons take time to explain the options to our patients and clients, address their needs through linkages and referrals, and address their fears in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. The feedback from patients has been very positive.”
Heart-Healthy Recipe
The recipe below has been recommended by the American Heart Association.

Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

Total Time:
30 minutes
Calories: 480 per serving
Saturated Fat: 2.5 g per serving
Sodium: 559 mg per serving

For the Cilantro-Lime Quinoa:
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups quinoa
1/8 tsp salt
2 limes (zested and juiced)
1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh cilantro

For the Chicken and Bowl:
1 Tbsp canola oil (divided)
1 minced chipotle pepper (+3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo)
1 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 lb boneless, skinless, thinly sliced chicken breast
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
5 oz packaged spinach, spring greens, or arugula
1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved if desired)
1 avocado (peeled, diced)
1 cup packaged, shredded carrots (or 2 large carrots, shredded)
1 cup sliced radishes
2 scallions or green onions (finely chopped)


For the Cilantro-Lime Quinoa:
1. In a medium heavy-duty pot, add water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until quinoa absorbs all the liquid, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Into the quinoa, stir in the zest and juice of 2 limes and chopped cilantro.

For the Chicken and Bowl:
1. Into a large zip-top bag, add marinade ingredients: 2 tablespoons canola oil, minced chipotle pepper, adobe sauce, honey, salt, and pepper. Add chicken breasts into the bag, making sure the chicken is well-coated with marinade. Let sit for 10 minutes (make the quinoa as you wait) or place chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 24 hours.
2. Into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, warm remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken breasts and marinade liquid, using tongs to frequently turn the chicken breasts to be coated in marinade. Sauté until chicken is fully cooked, around 4 to 6 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat. When chicken has cooled slightly, transfer chicken to cutting board to chop into bite-size pieces. Then, transfer remaining liquid from pan into a small bowl; stir vinegar into the liquid to use as a dressing.
3. To assemble, add the greens into the bottom of each bowl. Divide quinoa and chicken among each bowl, along with tomatoes, avocado, carrots, radishes, and scallions. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.

BCHN Events Calendar

Febraury 25 - 23rd Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up
The 23rd Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up free event will be held on February 25th in the Music Building at Lehman College. This year's theme is "The Future of Bronx Parks and Open Space." Each year, this event draws 300 plus Bronxites who care about Bronx's Parks and Open Space come to network and attend presentations from community experts.


Thursdays, Starting March 2 - ShapeUp NYC Cardio-Scuplt Class
Free ShapeUp NYC "Cardio-Sculpt" classes will be taking place every Thursday at 5:00 PM, starting on March 2nd at the Evander Childs campus (800 E. Gun Hill Road).

March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 - Qigong Training by Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis, a certified Qigong instructor, will be providing six free public Train-the-Trainer workshops in Qigong gentle relaxation techniques on six Mondays during March and April. The classes will take place at the Family Health Center, 1 Fordham Plaza, 5th Floor Meeting Space C, Bronx, NY, 10458, at 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Classes will be held on March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, and April 17. There will be a special introductory information session on Friday, March 10 at the Family Health Center (time to be determined).

March 2017 - "How to Obtain a Park Permit" Training
New Yorkers for Parks will be providing two free public workshops in March 2017 on How to Obtain a Park Permit. Dates and time will be announced soon.

April 1, 8, 15, 22 - SOPARC Training by New Yorkers for Parks
Train-the-Trainer classes on the measurement tool System to Observe Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) will be taught by Beth Bingham.

1 Fordham Plaza, 5th floor Group Meeting Space C
Montefiore Family Health Center,
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Four Saturdays in April: (April 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2o17)

The training is being provided to staff of New York City Deptartment of Parks and Recreation; park friends organizations; Parks and Recreation committees from community boards 7, 9, and 12; and community residents interested in learning about gathering data to enhance current parks programs. It will also help strengthen advocacy efforts for additional support for parks.


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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