BRONX, NY — September 12th, hundreds of South Bronx families had the opportunity to learn about health and community programs at the South Bronx Health and Wellness Day at Macombs Dam Park. The event coincided with the opening day of the organization’s Recreational Program for 2015-2016 where young athletes not only had their first day of games, but were also invited to pick up gently used soccer cleats that were donated back by outside individuals and past program participants. South Bronx United’s recreational soccer programs serve more than 600 boys and girls, ages 4-19, at Macombs Field and two other sites, Mullaly Park and South Bronx High School.
The annual health fair added a vital educational and awareness component to the day. Children and families gained information on topics ranging from affordable health care to healthy lifestyle practices to athletic programs and physical therapy. Participating agencies included Morris Heights Health Center, Bronx Works, LIFT NYC, Harlem RBI, New York Road Runners, Liberty Sports, Westchester Square Physical Therapy, New York Family Justice Center, Bronx Health People, Boom!Health, and Bronx Community Health Network. The event was sponsored by Health Plus AmeriGroup and the Claudio Reyna Foundation.
These events are extremely important for the community and its families. Said an outreach coordinator from BOOM! Health, a nonprofit that supports the health and wellness of Bronxites: “I appreciate events like these for getting the community together and getting them excited about health!”