Healthy minds and bodies strengthen our community

Restoration is at the forefront of efforts to address health disparities in Brooklyn and empowering communities to improve access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and abstain from high-risk behavior.

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The Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (CHN) has a long history of promoting healthy living in Central Brooklyn. Through multiple initiatives supported by public and private institutions, we are able to connect thousands of residents to free exercise classes & events, access to nutritious food, and equity in the distribution of nutritious food. CHN addresses health disparities in the community through: Food Access and Equity, Physical Activity, and Mental Health.

Central Brooklyn is ranked sixth nationally for food hardship. With rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes exceeding state and city averages (Read Community Health Profiles ), it is no coincidence that communities of color face significant health challenges. CHN is leading a number of initiatives to address these issues.

For over 35 years, our 10K Race and 5K Walk has promoted movement, community fellowship, and celebrating healthy businesses in the community. Proceeds from this event support our communities efforts to make Central Brooklyn the healthiest community in New York City.

For more information on improving or starting your healthy lifestyle, please contact: health@restorationplaza.org or call (718) 636-5591

With the introduction of Citi Bike in Bedford Stuyvesant several years ago, Restoration took on bike share as a valuable tool to improve health and increase savings. Restoration leads the Better Bike Share Partnership with partners including Citi Bike Operator Motivate, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, two local hospitals, and many more. What began as a pilot has now flourished into a citywide program. Our partnership has expanded with the goal of replicating our success across communities of color across New York City.

For more information on what we’ve accomplished, read our full report on Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy here!

Webinar Resources

Restoration has launched a webinar series as a means to educate and raise awareness of our bike share work, and help other organizations replicate our model. We hope these resources will provide powerful tools to other organizations and communities, whether starting or expanding
bike share programming.

Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health - Part 1 -February 13th, 2018 - Description:
Bikeshare programming can be used as a workforce development tool to empower employees and clients to improve their health through increased physical activity and mobility. This webinar will present a case study of Brooklyn-based Interfaith Medical Center's work as a
model for replication by healthcare providers, nonprofits, and employers.

 

Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health – Part 2 -Feb 27th, 2018 - Description:
This webinar spotlights two unique organizations- CORE, which services homeless and re-entry populations, as well as Per Scholas, which is a citywide workforce development organization- and describes how they used bike share to support their employees and customers.

Promoting Bike Share through Promoting Bike Share Through Ride Leadership and Community Events 

March 27, 2018

Webinar Information:

Learn how a community may use weekly bike rides and community events as a means of promoting a culture of biking. This webinar will demonstrate how communities such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem have used these vehicles to better engage residents and promote the health and wellness of residents.

 

Promoting Bike Share through Youth Engagement

April 24, 2018 - 2 pm

Webinar Information:

This webinar explores a variety of efforts in NYC being used to engage youth as early adopters of Citi Bike. Strategies include ways to better connect youth to biking as a mode of transportation to school, work and recreation with examples including NYC pilots such as Citi Bike to School and Citi Bike for Youth.

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Biking Your Way to a Bigger Bank Account

May 22, 2018 - 2 pm

Webinar Information:

Learn how bike share can be used by both organizations and individuals as a valuable tool to increase savings. This webinar addresses how various membership options can support your clients, staff, and broader community. Hear from financial counseling professionals on how to translate transportation savings into other areas of one’s financial plan. The session also addresses how bike share can be used as an entry point for the unbanked, encouraging them to open a bank account and address credit issues impeding their financial health.

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Food Access and Equity

Access to fresh fruits and vegetables is the cornerstone of a healthy, active community. Since 2014, Restoration has annually served over 50,000 Central Brooklyn residents with locally sourced produce. Providing a pipeline for neighborhood institutions is critical for sustaining the local food system and robust community marketplace. By creating a cost effective purchasing and distribution pipeline, we are able to meet demand for low and moderate income community members.

 

Programs

Farmers’ Markets: GrowNYC and NYC Health + Hospitals | Woodhull Medical for the Youth Market Farmers’ Market to provide fresh produce to Northern Bedford Stuyvesant. Wednesdays from July 11th until November 21st, 2018 from 9AM - 3PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm to Institution: We work with ethical sourcing partners to provide nutritious alternatives to seniors centers and Headstart school programs in Central Brooklyn, integrating fresh produce into the daily meals of thousands of residents. Click the “Reports” tab to learn more.

Advocacy & Outreach: Youth from the community are employed in the Farmer’s Markets, where they learn customer service skills, business fundamentals, and about healthy living and produce. Along with, revitalizing community and school gardens, we also collaborate with other organizations to provide cooking demonstrations, farm tours, and direct funding access, advertising, and technical assistance to markets throughout Brooklyn.

Connections to Care

Our goal to help individuals become healthy both physically and mentally. The Connections to Care initiative de-stigmatizes mental illness and increases access to mental health provider services in communities where mental health often goes unaddressed. We're one of the community based organizations working in conjunction with the Mayor’s Social Innovation Funded, Thrive Initiative to address the mental wellness of New York City residents. Mental illness is an issue of public health. We are embedding mental health in our daily operations to ensure all members of the community have a place to go where they can receive assistance coping with life challenges.

Services:

  • Screening for stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse needs.
  • Referrals to onsite and external trained counselors and other support networks.
  • Stress Management Peer to Peer support group services (Tuesday 2-4).

Eligibility:

  • All members of the community are eligible for our mental health services.

How To Enroll:

  • Call customer service or simply walk in to schedule an appointment.

Contact:

  • Shimonah Israel at (718) 636-6994 or sisrael@restorationplaza.org

Do you ever find yourself feeling completely dismayed by a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and or social aspect of your life?

Are you nervous, anxious or constantly worried?

Have you been sad for 2 or more weeks? Has it negatively impacted your work or ability to function?

Has drinking or other drug use caused problems between you and your family or friends? Has it negatively impacted work, school or your personal life?

Resources

Get immediate help 24/7 coping with any mental health issue by visiting link: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/


Food Access & Equity

 

Creating Integrated Strategies for Increasing Access to Healthy Affordable Food in Urban Communities: A Case Study of Intersecting Food Initiatives

In New York and other cities, substantial evidence documents that community food environments interact with inequitable allocation of power, wealth, and services to shape the distribution of diet related diseases and food insecurity. This case study shows how Restoration has lunched multiple coordinated food initiatives in order to reduce the burden of food-related health problems.

 

 

Good Food, Great Kids: Making Practice and Policy Work for Farm to Early Childcare & Education

Children receive an estimated 50%-70% of their nutrients in early care facilities, including day care and Head Start, and Early Head Start programs. Unfortunately, not all of the food served in these facilities has the nutritional value needed for growing bodies. In impoverished communities, gaining access to healthy foods is even more difficult. This report details how Restoration’s Center for Healthy Neighborhoods began with 1 Head Start site and the methods it used to expand across central Brooklyn

 

 

 

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Farm to Early Care Program: A Foundation for a Healthier, Stronger Central Brooklyn Families and Communities

Can community-rooted organizations build the power to promote health, equity and community development? In this policy brief, staff from the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute describe one effort to mobilize community assets to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting well-being, prosperity, increased community power and pathways out of poverty.

 

 

 

Working Together to Improve Community-Level Health: The Evolution of the New York City Food & Fitness Partnership

The New York City Food & Fitness Partnership case study discusses how the scope and abundance of diverse community stakeholders can create difficulties when addressing and conducting work in a large city landscape.

 

 

 

 


Physical Activity

 

Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy

Restoration leads the Better Bike Share Partnership with partners including Citi Bike Operator Motivate, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, two local hospitals, and many more. What began as a pilot has now flourished into a citywide program. Our partnership has expanded with the goal of replicating our success across communities of color across New York City.

 

Physical Activity

Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, delay or reverse the onset of chronic disease, and create closer bonds with others. The Center for Healthy Neighborhoods promotes multiple ways to get the community moving.

Community Bike Rides: Weekly bike rides led by members from the community, politicians, and Restoration staff guided to destinations around the borough. Free Citi Bikes are available for riders. Visit Community Bike Rides to learn more.

10K Run & 5K Walk: This yearly event in its 37th year (October 7th, 2018), has brought the community together for fitness, fun, and fellowship. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and female winners. Register Here

Ask about discounts on Citi Bike annual membership by visiting citibikenyc.com or email us at citibike@restorationplaza.org.

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October 2018

37th Annual 10K Run and 5K Walk

October 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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REGISTER 10K Run and 5K Walk , held in scenic Bedford-Stuyvesant, supports Restoration's efforts to foster a healthy community. For over 30 years, we have brought the community together for fitness, fun, and fellowship. The race will begin on Fulton Street and wind through tree-lined streets and historic brownstones in the heart of the neighborhood. The Kiddie Run takes place on Herkimer Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues and is intended for children under the age of 12. Proceeds…

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Stress Management Workshop

October 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 13, 2018

Economic Solutions Center, 1368 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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Woodhull Youthmarket Farmers’ Market

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 21, 2018

Woodhull Medical Center, 770 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
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  The Woodhull Youthmarket sources all of its food from Greenmarket Co., a wholesale distribution service offered by GrowNYC. Greenmarkt Co. is designed to bring the freshest, highest-quality regionally grown farm products to the New York City community. About YouthMarket Founded in 2017, now in its second year, Woodhull Hospital Youthmarket is run in partnership with New York City Health and Hospitals | Woodhull and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation who hire the youth from the neighborhood to provide the community…

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Community Bike Rides: Shaquana Boykin

October 13 @ 10:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Community Bike Rides Host: Shaquana Boykin Where: Ride with me! RSVP here About: Warm weather is approaching, which means Restoration is gearing up for our Community Bike Rides! Since its inception in 2013, Citibike has become increasingly embraced by our community. Join your neighbors in exploring Brooklyn by bike - all while boosting your financial and physical health! We welcome experienced cyclists and beginners alike. This year, we will be offering over 35 group rides from April to October. These…

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Stress Management Workshop

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 13, 2018

Economic Solutions Center, 1368 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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Woodhull Youthmarket Farmers’ Market

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 21, 2018

Woodhull Medical Center, 770 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
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  The Woodhull Youthmarket sources all of its food from Greenmarket Co., a wholesale distribution service offered by GrowNYC. Greenmarkt Co. is designed to bring the freshest, highest-quality regionally grown farm products to the New York City community. About YouthMarket Founded in 2017, now in its second year, Woodhull Hospital Youthmarket is run in partnership with New York City Health and Hospitals | Woodhull and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation who hire the youth from the neighborhood to provide the community…

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Wealth Building Wednesdays

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on December 5, 2018 at 6:30pm

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Bridging the Racial Wealth Gap Get on track to financial stability and success with free 2018 monthly series, that provides the inspiration and information needed to help you reach your goals. The series will include inspiring speakers, professional practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and  hands-on workshops to put your knowledge into practice.   The series will cover a rich array of topics including: The Five Rules of Economic Liberation; How to get to 750; Slaying your Debt, The Savings Mindset, Your First Home Purchase…

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Community Bike Rides: Shawn

October 20 @ 10:45 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2018 at 10:45am

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Community Bike Rides Host: Shawn - Restoration North Jobs Plus  Where:   Ride with me! RSVP here About: Warm weather is approaching, which means Restoration is gearing up for our Community Bike Rides! Since its inception in 2013, Citibike has become increasingly embraced by our community. Join your neighbors in exploring Brooklyn by bike - all while boosting your financial and physical health! We welcome experienced cyclists and beginners alike. This year, we will be offering over 35 group rides…

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Stress Management Workshop

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 13, 2018

Economic Solutions Center, 1368 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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Woodhull Youthmarket Farmers’ Market

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 21, 2018

Woodhull Medical Center, 770 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
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  The Woodhull Youthmarket sources all of its food from Greenmarket Co., a wholesale distribution service offered by GrowNYC. Greenmarkt Co. is designed to bring the freshest, highest-quality regionally grown farm products to the New York City community. About YouthMarket Founded in 2017, now in its second year, Woodhull Hospital Youthmarket is run in partnership with New York City Health and Hospitals | Woodhull and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation who hire the youth from the neighborhood to provide the community…

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