December 2010 Archives

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks) is currently seeking suggestions for locations for specialty food carts and trucks on city parkland in all five boroughs.

If you have suggestions for possible locations for specialty food carts and trucks, please send your ideas by email to and make sure to include the name of the park, the exact cross streets (if applicable), and what type of unit (pushcart, processing cart, or mobile food truck) you think would work best for that location.  

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Market/Mercardo: Off the Map Market

December 18, 2010
3 Saturdays in December: 12/4 (1:30-4:30pm), 12/11 (1:30-4:30pm), 12/18 (3-9pm)

Saturday, December 4, 1:30-4:30pm Bread & Yoga, 4951 Broadway @ 207th St., 2nd Fl.
Saturday, December 11, 1:30-4:30pm Bread & Yoga, 4951 Broadway @ 207th St., 2nd Fl.
Saturday, December 18, 3-9pm Audubon Partnership, 513 W. 207th St. @ Post Road

The OFF THE MAP MARKET will comprise of approximately 15 local artisans and vendors selling original, handmade gifts with a strong neighborhood feel -- jewelry, artwork, t-shirts, bags, baked goods, kids art supplies, lingerie, etc. -- and offering samples and gift certificates, making this market a great opportunity for introducing local talent and resources to residents in the community.

OF THE MAP MARKET constará de aproximadamente 15 artesanos locales y vendedores de regalos originales, hechos a mano – joyas, obras de arte, camisetas, bolsas, productos de panadería, etc. Este mercado es una gran oportunidad para la introducción de talento y los recursos locales a los residentes en la comunidad.


Flu Shots! Vacunas Contra la Gripe!

December 18, 2010
Saturdays 9am-1pm

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Job Opening

Community Organizer, Strategic Alliance for Health

December 16, 2010

SAfH is a CDC grant funded project designed to leverage the initiatives of SAfH partners, Elected Officials, City and State agencies/coalitions and non-public health focused community based organizations in an effort to improve the environments, systems, and policies that influence physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use within schools and the broader community. The best practices of these efforts will be documented to disseminate to other NYC neighborhoods with persistent health inequities who are seeking similar policy interventions.

Position Overview
Under the supervision of the SAFH Director, the Community Organizer will be primarily responsible for making sure that the goals and objectives contained in the Community Action Plan are met. The Community Organizer will work mainly with community groups addressing SAfH sector specific activities.

• Assist SAfH staff assigned to sector specific projects.
• Convene community meetings to address and discuss progress of the community action plan.
• Ensure that activities associated with the community action plan are coordinated and completed.
• Tracking progress of sector specific advocacy plan objectives. Prepare reports as required.
• Serve as resource to community groups in determining what additional research and other resources are needed.
• Identify new partners and recruit them for the SAfH consortium.
• Work with SAfH staff and management team to prepare for partnership meetings and conduct follow-up.
• Assist SAFH evaluation staff in conducting surveys and other data gathering activities.
• Preparing external and internal SAfH communications as needed.
• Perform any other organization or agency related responsibilities as requested and as necessary.

Member Spotlight for the Holidays

Destacando a Nuestros Miembros

December 15, 2010


Need help catering for the Holidays or looking for some tasty gift basket ideas? Check out Antojitos y Monadas.

Many of us know Vanny Lantigua because Vanny is the caterer behind Antojitos y Monadas who feeds us many breakfasts, snacks and sometimes dinners in our campaign work. We are so very fortunate that Rafael Gomez Luna introduced her to the campaign because Vanny is a very active member (who works on campaign building) and campaign participant (who promotes the message and habit of the month).

 Muchos de nosotros conocemos a Vanny Lantigua, porque Vanny es la persona detrás de Antojitos y Monadas que nos suministra muchos desayunos, meriendas y, a veces, cenas en nuestros trabajos con la campaña

From the Let's Move Campaign:

December 14, 2010

"This morning, with First Lady Michelle Obama by his side, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 at a local school here in Washington, DC. This legislation is a critical step forward in advancing one of the goals of the Let’s Move! initiative – providing healthy food in schools and reducing hunger. I watched with great pride as the President and First Lady both addressed a group of school children, educators, advocates, members of Congress and several Cabinet Secretaries about the importance of providing children with healthy, nutritious food so they can live longer, healthier lives. And the support didn’t stop in the school auditorium. We heard from elected officials, chefs and advocates from around the country about this new law. See their quotes here.

Watch video of the bill signing ceremony here.

The new law will help communities establish local farm to school networks, create school gardens, and ensure that more local foods are used in the school setting.   It will expand access to those meals so that fewer children struggle with hunger during the school day.  The law will also make important improvements to programs that serve our youngest children including promoting nutrition and wellness in child care settings.  For an idea of what a school lunch might look like with this new law, check out this chart.

As we focus today on nutrition we mustn’t forget the importance of physical activity. If you work with kids, think of some creative ways to inspire them to move, to play, to dance, to run and jump. Don’t wait any longer! Let’s Move! 

Webversioncoquithechef.jpgCampaign Participant Coqui the Chef has some holiday recipes and contests for you to help practice this month's habit "Eat less fast food."

Also here. Coqui The Chef Holiday Menu Cook Book

They also have a recipe coloring contest too.

"Hey Kids!! Don't know what to give that special adult in your life? No
worries, here's your chance to WIN..."Coqui The Chef Holiday Cooking" eCookBook....How??
Coloring Contest! The kid who submits their best artwork wins the
cookbook....for more details ask your parents to sign up for my email.
Coqui The Chef X-mas Coloring Contest. The winner will have their artwork posted on the

And win “Coqui The Chef Holiday Menu eCookBook” for that special adult in their life and autographed photo of Coqui The Chef sent to kid's mail box.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS! Sign up your kids for my X-mas Coloring Contest today! Help a kid give a gift to that special adult in their life.

Good Luck!!"

Click Here for entry form, rules and artwork.

 ~Coqui The Chef Team
Koh-kee! Koh-kee!

2011 Play Streets application

December 12, 2010
due December 15, 2010

Play Streets are a great way to engage the public in fun physical activity programming and educational activities (e.g., nutrition, arts, health). Just last week the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) released the Play Streets application for summer 2011.
Applications are due on December 15, 2010 and the following documents need to be completed:
  - Expression of Interest Application
  - Evaluation Worksheet (to assess street suitability)
***Both forms can be downloaded at

***If you have any questions about this Expression of Interest application or the similar School Play Streets application, please contact Helen Ho and Emma Miller at DOHMH:
  Helen Ho (, 212-361-2197
  Emma Miller (, 212-361-2196

In a few weeks Transportation Alternatives, a SAfH partner in last summer’s Harvest Home—Play Street project, will be publishing two reports to help community groups organize their own community Play Streets:
- Play Streets Best Practices Manual (a how-to guide on logistics and community organizing)
- Case study on summer 2010 Play Streets (great for persuading local political and community leaders to support your Play Street)
***If you have any questions about community Play Streets, feel free to contact Julia De Martini Day at Transportation Alternatives (, 646-873-6026)

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On Thursday, November 18th the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health convened a meeting of after school programs, city agencies representatives and public health advocates to discuss the findings of the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health report on After School Programs and Childhood Obesity:

 The attendees from after school programs were able to identify concrete opportunities on how daily physical activity programming could occur in their existing environment and how program, leaders can be more involved in the snacks and meals offered. SAfH believes this is just the start of a meaningful discussion that can eventually mirror the work we are attempting to accomplish with our elementary school initiative (Excellence in School Wellness Award).

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, we invite you to review the notes from the meeting at and to attend our next meeting:

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Time: 10:00-11:30 am
Location: NYC DOH—East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence
161-169 East 110th St between Lexington Ave and Third Ave
Please RSVP for the January 13th meeting by December 27th.
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The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is working with supermarkets to ensure that community residents have access to delicious and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. The Healthy Supermarkets Program is seeking the help of community residents to (1) tell supermarket managers that you want high-quality, affordable fruits and vegetables and (2) make sure that supermarkets that have partnered with the DOH continue to stock high-quality produce (see list of partner stores below).


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For more information and supermarkets that are part of the program:


Turn off the Screen and Live you Life!

December 4, 2010
3 Saturday Nights, 7pm to 10pm, Nov 13, 20, and Dec 4.


Comic genius, MATT HIGGINS, will guide you through the basic tools of improvisation. (Yes!)

This is an open level workshop. No experience needed. (Yes!)

Only $120.00 for 9 hours. THAT, my friend, is a BARGAIN. (Yes!) 

Proceeds will help fund UP THEATER COMPANY's inaugural stage production. (Yes!)

3 Saturday Nights, 7pm to 10pm, Nov 13, 20, and Dec 4.
Bread and Yoga, New York, NY

Send UP an email to sign up at: 

Matt's genius viewable at

Creative Capital's Professional Development Program (PDP) and NoMAA present a workshop for up to 20 Spanish-speaking visual artists.  This day long workshop will be an intensive introduction to strategic planning, business management, and verbal communication skills designed specifically for artists, and will address issues such as working with a gallery, business negotiations and best practices for self-management.

Workshop leaders: Ela Troyano, Filmaker & Andrea Arroyo, Visual artist

Location: The Cornerstone Center, 178 Bennett Ave (at 189th St)

Space is Limited. RSVP by December 1 to (include workshop name, Strategic Planning for Spanish-speaking Artists, in the subject line)

Let's Move Faith and Communities Toolkit Released

Download a copy and read more here to learn how Washington Heights/Inwood has been involved.

December 2, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama released her toolkit for faith-based and community organizations to use in promoting healthy lifestyles to children "to solve childhood obesity within a generation". The kit includes resources and ideas on how your congregation and community organizations can build services and promote habits around healthy eating and physical activity, as well as addressing food insecurity. For WaHI residents, the kit is a useful supplement to local strategies we are using in the Vive tu Vida/Live your Life campaign.

How has CHALK and Vive tu Vida/Live your Life been involved with this effort? CHALK and the Vive tu Vida/Live your Life campaign have been helping the First Lady's team strategize the kit with other community and faith based partners: In March 2010, Program Manager Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquín had the honor of being invited to the White House Conference Center along with 28 other faith based and community organizations around the country for a one day workshop where participants shared their own local strategies around childhood obesity. The groups invited were specially selected by the Let's Move team as those who are using strategies and messages that are simple and that do not stigmatize populations, groups who "have the ears, hearts and souls of people"  they want to reach  "block to block, neighborhood to neighborhood." Stephanie got to present the the "Live your Life" kit that details the childhood obesity problem affecting our Washington Heights and Inwood and the strategies we employ to help solve the problem. The workshop ended with the First Lady's team asking the group, “What do you want us to tell the President and First Lady?”. In the following months, CHALK provided feedback on drafts of the kit, until the kit's launch on November 29th 2010. The kit truly represents a great collective effort of the many departments working together with the First Lady's Let's Move agenda and the expertise of many organizations and congreations who are already working on these goals in their communities.

How will we see Let's Move in Washington Heights/Inwood? Stay tuned for more details, the kit is hot off the press! But we can say that in January we promote the habit "Be physically activity every day". It's a month we'll promote WaHI kids to take the Presidential Healthy Lifestyle Award Challenge through various activities around the neighborhood. We hope to expand our new farmers' market at 168th Street for the 2011 season (after such a successful first year), continue to create healthy afterschool programs, pursue more fresh fruit and vegetable options east of Broadway, and expand our partnerships with faith based groups.

With the national resources of the Let's Move campaign and the local committment of a very passionate group of community members in the Live your Life campaign, Washington Heights/Inwood will certainly be an even better place to "Live your Life."

Let's Move Toolkit

Live your Life Kit

Vive tu Vida Kit (Spanish)

 Transportation Alternatives is seeking urban minded scholars with adventurous spirits to work on projects to help people rethink their relationship with the built environment, challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of New York City streets to produce healthier, happier citizens. T.A is looking for future leaders in public health, environmentalism and urban policy and equity. Students accepted into the fellowship will work part-time for a semester with T.A staff on a specific program to research, develop, evaluate and/or advance a transportation, public space or built environment initiative that will yield significant health benefits.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but for the winter/spring 2011 semester applications should be submitted by December 5, 2010.

Fellows will receive a $7,500 stipend for living expenses for the semester. Benefits include TransitChek and federal holidays off.

For more information please visit -

60 New York City farmers’ markets now accept Health Bucks - Up from 29 in 2006


fThe Health Department and Human Resources Administration have distributed more than $200,000 in free coupons for fresh produce over the past four months, enabling food stamp users to eat healthfully while stretching the value of their federal nutrition subsidies. The produce coupons, known as Health Bucks, increase the value of food stamp benefits by 40% when redeemed at participating farmers’ markets in New York City. Whenever a customer spends $5 in food stamp benefits at a participating market, the customer receives a $2 Health Buck redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables.

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