Every day, we witness the difficulty many of our patients face to stay healthy. At no time has this been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bronx had the highest mortality rate per capita in the city and among the highest in the country.
It was hardly a surprise as communities of color were these hit hardest by the virus.
A large percentage of people in the Bronx live at or below the federal poverty level of $25,750 for a family of four, making nutritious food options inaccessible and unaffordable. Living in poverty, having little access to safe areas for recreational use, and experiencing food insecurity costs our patients their health and quality of life. This all adds to why the Bronx has one of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and malnutrition in America. Our community deserves better.
SBH has embarked on a mission – to be the change we wish to see in the Bronx. Our goal is to be a pioneer in supporting community access to a healthy life in the Bronx by providing nutritional education, access to healthy food, and fitness activities customized to our patients’ unique needs.
The SBH Health and Wellness Center opened at the end of 2020. This transformative project features the Healthplex Fitness Center, the Teaching Kitchen and Center for Culinary Medicine, and the Rooftop Garden, as well as women’s and children’s health centers, a women's imaging center, and an urgent care center.
The Cabrini Foundation, which provides funding to help the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, thought so highly of this innovative project that they awarded it a $200,000 grant. The program made huge differences in the lives of many people in a short period of time. To continue providing members of the community with access to such things as free healthy cooking and exercise classes depends on the generosity of you and others.
We ask you to donate whatever you can and to forward this link (SBHwellnesscenter.org) to friends and family via texts, emails and the social media platforms you frequent to encourage their help in the fundraising campaign. Thank you for your support..