Part II: Brooklyn-Based Coalitions Improving Food Options and Opportunities for Physical Activity

by Pamela Koch

photo source: Christopher Schoenbohm (Flickr)

 

In September 2012, we started an ongoing series to highlight food and physical activity initiatives in all of NYC’s boroughs. Our look at Brooklyn-based coalitions continues this month as we highlight the work of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC). BSRC serves as the Brooklyn lead for a citywide campaign called Partnership for a Healthier NYC funded by a Center for Disease Control Community Transformation Grant. For this grant, there is a lead organization in each borough (stay tuned, we will feature other boroughs in the future!).

Restoration’s work as the Brooklyn lead on this grant will address disparities in health outcomes across Brooklyn. The primary goal is to increase opportunities for active living, ensure prominence of healthy foods in school and in every resident’s diet, and discourage the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages. There is an emphasis on youth. This grant, taken together with Restoration as the new lead for New York City Food and Fitness Partnership, forms the foundation of Restoration’s work improving family health. This is an exciting time to make Brooklyn a model for making healthy food and activity choices the easy choices.


For more information see: http://www.restorationplaza.org/partnershiphnyc

To read the first installation on Brooklyn-based coalitions, see: http://www.foodsystemsnyc.org/article/brooklyn-based-coalitions-improving-food-options-and-opportunities-physical-activity