Presented by SBH Health System and Belmont Bid
SBH Health System (St. Barnabas Hospital) and the Belmont Business Improvement District will hold “Picture a Healthier You,” a street fair with fun and healthy activities, on Sunday, August 28th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., behind the hospital, on Crescent Avenue between Adams Place and Belmont Avenue.
Included will be such health-related activities as blood pressure, BMI and mammography screenings; healthy cooking demos; and Zumba and yoga activities. There will also be the chance to speak with physicians, nurses and registered dietitians from the hospital; take home samples of healthy snacks and health care materials; participate in raffles; and receive giveaways.
SBH and the Belmont Bid will be collaborating with Councilmember Ritchie Torres on an activity that brings together members of the entire family, including seniors.
“As the Bronx continues to lag behind the rest of the state in health outcomes and access to nutritious food, health fairs like ‘Picture a Healthier You’ can be important resources and educational opportunities for the community, said Torres. “The partnership between St. Barnabas Hospital and the Belmont BID shows an intersection between health and business institutions can have a great impact on reaching residents. I look forward to continue working with both organizations to improve health outcomes for the Bronx.”
Added Dr. Eric Appelbaum, SBH’s Chief Medical Officer, “We strongly encourage community residents of all ages to come out and take advantage of the health and fitness components that will be available. It’s all part of our goal to educate families on ways that will help them stay healthy and out of the hospital.”
SBH is a leading proponent of population health, with the goal of improving the health outcomes of the people it serves. Ground will shortly be broken for a development on Third Avenue, across the street from the hospital, which will dedicate 57,000 square feet to health and wellness services. This will include an urgent care center, a pediatric center, a women’s health center, and a Mind-Body center that will focus on the many dimensions of wellness, from providing fitness areas to a teaching kitchen. Much of the fresh produce used in the teaching kitchen will be grown on an approximately 10,000 square foot rooftop urban farm and terrace. A patient education center will engage patients as partners in their own care and treatment. SBH will also operate an outdoor terrace designed to accommodate stress reduction activities through the inclusion of a walking path, yoga pavilion, and multi-use area for meditation and Tai Chi.
This is especially important in the Bronx, which is an epicenter for such chronic conditions as diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and obesity. In recent years, the Bronx has scored in 62nd and last place in New York State when it comes to health outcomes.
For more information on “Picture a Healthier You,” contact 718-960-9158.
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