“Vive tu Vida. Energia.Balance. Acción/Live your Life. Energy. Balance. Action.” is a message created by the Vive tu Vida/Live your Life Task Force to help educate, motivate and mobilize community members in Northern Manhattan towards living healthier lives, and to identify resources supportive of healthy living.


Disclaimer: This list is for information only and does not imply endorsement by CHALK, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital or its affiliates. Please verify times/schedules ahead of time


The Easy and Healthy Walking Group!

November 22, 2014
Saturdays at 7:30 am

The Easy and Healthy Walking Group is inviting YOU to walk with them.  Meet at W 190 and Ft. Washington Ave.  


Free Fitness Programs at Fort Tryon Park

November 22, 2014
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.
All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.
For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors.  Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.
Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.
"Try something new! All our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels.  Wear comfy clothing and bring water.  Rain and weather/air advisory cancels."
Location: Heather Garden, Cabrini Boulevard & Ft Washington Ave.
For information: info@FortTryonParkTrust.org  or 212.795.1388 ext. 306

Greenmarket at Isham Street (Inwood)

November 22, 2014

Shop for fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and so much more at the local farmers' market on Isham Street, 8am-3pm. Live your Life! EBT accepted.

Know Your Rights Educational Series

November 22, 2014

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The Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University
in collaboration with Community Education Council 6
Know Your Educational Rights - Workshop #2: Instructional Materials
Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
P.S. 128 Campus
560 West 169th Street (between Broadway and Audubon Avenue)

FREE/GRATIS Fitness Walking Program at Fort Tryon Park

November 22, 2014
Tuesdays & Thursdays & Saturdays, 7:30am-8:30 am; Martes y Jueves y Sabado de 7:30am - 8:30am.

FREE Fitness Walking Program

Programa GRATIS de caminar

Tuesdays & Thursdays & Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.--8:30 a.m. On Saturday, there is an optional 20 minute walk to the Green Market on Isham St following.

Martes y Jueves y Sabado de 7:30am - 8:30am.

Description: Join us for one hour of walking, stretching, strengthening, and body toning using only the park, our own bodies, and gravity. All levels welcome; we modify to meet your level of ability. These walks are year--round (heavy rain or temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit cancel).

Descripción: Los invitamos a una hora de caminata, estiramiento, fortalecimiento y tonificación del cuerpo utilizando solamente el parque, nuestros propios cuerpos y la gravedad. Todos los niveles bienvenidos, vamos modificar para satisfacer su nivel de habilidad. Estos paseos duran todo el año (lluvias o temperaturas inferiores a 20 grados Fahrenheit cancelar).

Directions: Meet at the entrance to the Heather Garden on Margaret Corbin Circle where Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue converge.

Nos reunimos en la entrada de Heather Garden en Margaret Corbin Circle (Cabrini Boulevard y Fort Washington Avenue)

For more information contact nbruning@aol.com

Capoeira Family Open House Night @ Highbridge

November 24, 2014
6:30PM - 8:00PM

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Come try out Capoeira with instructor Njoli Brown, as he helps adults and children alike develop confidence and improve physical fitness.

Monday, November 24th, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Highbridge Recreation Center
2301 Amsterdam Avenue at West 173rd Street
For more information, please call: (212) 927-2012

Fort Washington GreenMarket!

November 25, 2014


Back again to the market are GrowNYC's Textile Recycling & Food Scrap Composting programs, they will be available from 8:00am-3:00pm.  Please click on the links to learn more about these programs.

Visit the CHALK/Live your Life Tent for weekly demos and healthy habit information!  Click here for schedule.
Come visit local farmers offering fresh and organic fruits and vegetables grown locally!
·         Artesan Oven Central Bakery Breads and baked goods from Bergen County, NJ.
·         Ballard's Honey Honey & bee pollen from Delaware County, NY.
·         Body and Soul Baked goods and prepared foods from New York County, New York.
·         Central Valley Farm Raw milk cheddar cheese and vegetables from Hunterdon County, NJ.
·         Morgiewicz Produce A variety of vegetables from Orange County, NY.
·         Nolasco's Farm A variety of vegetables, plants, and Mexican specialty items from Warren County, NJ.
·         Prospect Hill Orchard Fruit and farm-baked goods from Ulster County, NY.
·         Red Jacket Orchard Juices, jams, apples, plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and berries from Ontario County, NY.

Free and Low-Cost Fitness Classes for Pregnant Women

November 25, 2014
Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

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Click on flier for more information.

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Apply for a CHALK Minigrant!

November 21, 2014

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It's that time of the year again! The CHALK 2015 Minigrant application is now available!
Calling for applications to all community based organizations and initiatives that support healthy lifestyles for school-aged children in Washington Heights/Inwood.
Grants are awarded to fund either new or ongoing initiatives that increase access to and knowledge about healthy foods and eating habits, and/or physical activity. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $2,000 and may be partially funded.
This year we are rolling out a much easier electronic format of the application! Applicants can now apply via an online submission!
Please click here to access the CHALK 2015 Minigrant Application

Deadline for application submission is Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 5PM EST.

Any questions please contact Hector at chalk@nyp.org or call 212-305-2771

CHALK's Healthy Snack Policy

September 25, 2014

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The CHALK Snack Policy is a guide for students and parents to make the best choices possible when selecting snacks. Snack choices are pided into three categories:  best "everyday" foods, good "everyday" foods and "not permitted in school" foods. The groupings are based on the nutritional value of the item.  With the help of our school community we chose to list the food items that should be consumed once a week or less as "not permitted in schools.".  Having the policy handy or in a place where it can be seen, like your refrigerator door, helps you make quick and nutritious decisions for yourself and your family. 

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Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program run by NYC Parks, in partnership with NYC Service, Equinox, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, that targets neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and obesity related disease.
Shape Up NYC offers Zumba, Yoga, aerobics, kickboxing, cardio sculpt, and more --
and we can tailor the class format and schedule to meet the needs at the host site.
Requirements: Classes must be free and open to the public A multi-purpose room that can hold a minimum of 20-25 people An iPod dock or CD player
If you are interested in hosting a class, please call 212-360-3300 or email shapeupvolunteer@parks.nyc.gov

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Young adults ages 15 to 20
Lead a Media-Smart Youth program in your community to teach youth about media, nutrition, and physical activity.
Applications are due October 24, 2014.
For more information and to apply visit www.nichd.nih.gov/msy/teenleaders
Bachata music star Henry Santos is now a Vive tu Vida/Live your Life campaign participant!
He has demonstarted an interest in promoting physical activity and healthy eating in Washington Heights/Inwood, especially to the youth.  We are looking forward to future collaborative projects and will keep everyone posted.
Pictured below is Henry Santos and his management team along with Andrea Hausel, CHALK Program Manager, Andres Nieto, Director of NYP/Ambulatory Care Network Community Outreach, Miriam Torres, Manager, Dodi Meyer, CHALK Medical Director and Julio Batista, Director of Community Affairs

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Please check out these articles featuring Henry Santos where he mentions his collaboration with New York Presbyterian Hospital and the CHALK program.




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CHALK and Vive tu Vida/Live your Life would like to announce & congratulate the 2014 CHALK Minigrant recipients!

Apply now to showcase how your elementary school promotes a healthy school environment to prevent childhood obesity and improve academic achievement. 

Schools can receive prizes ranging from plagues, banners, media coverage and gift cards depending on award level.  Email: ESWA@health.nyc.gov if you have any questions about the award.



The Colloquium is offered by the University of Tennessee's Public Health Nutrition Program on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm EDST at the Howard Baker Center on the UT campus. If attending on-site, check-in at 12:30 pm EDST. If participating online, log-on by 12:45 pm EDST. The conference begins promptly at 12:50 pm EDST.

Although there is NO COST for the colloquium, space at the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville is limited, so please register early. After you register a confirmation email will be sent to you, so please add utphn@utk.edu to your address book. If you will be viewing the webcast in a group setting, EACH participant should complete a separate registration form.

Click the following link for a Registration Open Flyer:



 Click the following link to register for ONLINE WEBCAST participation:


 Click the following link to register for ON-SITE PARTICIPATION at the Howard Baker Center:


 Approval for continuing education credits will be submitted for Registered Dietitians, Certified Health Education Specialists, and Registered Nurses.

 For more information about the colloquium, please go to:


If you would like any additional information, please contact us at utphn@utk.edu. Thank you, and we look forward to your participation in this colloquium! 

 The University of Tennessee Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series


Study Suggests That Changes to WIC in 2009 Had a Positive Impact on Weight and Healthy Diet

To read the article in it's entirety please click here.

A  September 2012 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Declining childhood obesity rates—where are we seeing the most progress?