The Institute for Family Health was awarded nearly $3,000,000 in funding over the next three years to advance its work as a part of the Bronx Health REACH Coalition. The award, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports the multi-sectoral, participatory Coalition of over 70 members that has successfully implemented evidence-based and community-informed interventions in a sustained effort to eliminate health disparities in chronic disease and related risk factors among residents of the Bronx. For more information, please read the press release here.
NEWS & EVENTS
We All Want Healthy Children: New Campaign to Protect NYC Children from Unhealthy Food & Beverage Marketing
The health of our country and our city is threatened by obesity. The obesity epidemic has many causes, but one contributor is the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to our youth. The food and beverage industry spends nearly two billion dollars annually marketing to youth. Most of the food and beverages marketed to youth is unhealthy. Marketing is effective, directly influencing children’s and adolescents’ preferences and choices. To combat the advertising efforts of the food and beverage industry, we are partnering with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene District Public Health Offices to ask for your collaboration in limiting marketing of unhealthy products to our youth, including: share information on marketing to youth with colleagues and community members; adopt the New York City Food Standards for meetings and events, and for food and beverage vending machines; and negotiate the terms, if accepting sponsorships, donations, in-kind support or awards from the food and beverage industry, so as not to promote any unhealthy foods or drinks. To learn more about this campaign and receive resources, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information. If you would like to get more involved in a campaign to limit unhealthy marketing to youth, please contact Kelly Moltzen at email@example.com or 212-633-0800 x 1328.
Last year, Bronx Health REACH collaborated with A Plus NYC as part of its ‘PS2013′ campaign to shape an education agenda for the new Mayor. Through this collaboration, we worked with school wellness advocates from across the city to put together a policy paper on the importance of nutrition and physical education for improving school wellness and academic outcomes. Nutrition education, school meals, and physical education are necessary for a student’s healthy mind and body but are often overlooked in planning academic programming. The policy paper provides recommendations for the New York City administration, along with examples of best policy and practice. To access the full paper, please visit the A Plus NYC website at: http://aplusnyc.org/school-wellness/
To get involved in school wellness reform efforts through Bronx Health REACH, please contact Kelly Moltzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-633-0800 x 1328.