East Harlem Youth Food Educators (YOFE) will be participating in the citywide Youth Empowerment Summit for Food Justice Advocacy (Y.E.S.!) on November 7, 2015. The youth educators will conduct a workshop on counter-marketing strategies and share the campaigns they have developed through the YOFE program this summer and fall. At this is a youth-led summit, young people will share best-practices in using advocacy to create systemic changes in food to improve the health of their communities.
In celebration of Food Day 2015, The Center cosponsored a Big Apple Crunch with nearly 200 East Harlem children, in collaboration with the New Harlem East Merchants Association (NHEMA), Wellness in the Schools, Edible Schoolyard, Harlem RBI, Harlem DPHO, and many of our East Harlem community partners. After a morning of healthy, apple-themed arts and crafts, trivia, and other games, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer led the crowd of East Harlem youth in a countdown to a Big Apple Crunch, biting it into their apples at the same time and hopefully contributing to a new record for the city (900,000 crunches was the number to beat from 2014). Thanks to all who worked so hard to make the event a huge success!
In a workshop on media portrayals of corporations’ impact on health, Center Faculty Director Nicholas Freudenberg presented at the European Public Health Conference in Milan, speaking on the influence of the corporate business and political practices of the food, tobacco and alcohol industries on non-communicable disease risk. Download his presentation. Professor Freudenberg also presented at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Grand Rounds on October 9th, 2015 discussing the role of health professionals in countering the health influences of the food, tobacco and alcohol industries.