Efforts are underway to realize the full potential of the 10,000 acres in and around Jamaica Bay thanks to an innovative new partnership between the National Park Service and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. As announced last week by Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Gateway National Park and adjacent city park lands will be a model for green space use in our city and a home for community service opportunities, improved recreation facilities, and re-modeled areas for cycling and boating. This agreement is part of PlaNYC and our City’s Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy that are connecting New York City and its great natural landmarks, and should be a tremendous step forward for CBU projects like the Norton Basin Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Make sure to check for updates on this partnership here and add your Jamaica Bay project to our website!
On Wednesday, City officials announced a new healthy eating initiative that helps combat obesity. Shop Healthy NYC asks bodegas to prioritize the display of healthy food and produce while limiting the availability of junk food. This program is launching in the Bronx, and food suppliers Jetro and Krasdale will provide storeowners with incentives to stock healthy options. 100 community groups and 150 shops in Fordham and West Farms, two high-need areas of the Bronx, are already on board, and will make an impact on approximately 136,000 New Yorkers. With other healthy eating projects underway, including the NYC Health Department’s Health Bucks and Shop Healthy NYC’s Adopt-a-Shop program, there are a lot of great ways to get involved with eating healthy and improving food options in your community. To learn more about eating healthy and healthy food choices check out NYC Food.
Congratulations to the developers of FreshFixNYC for winning the Reinvent Green Popular Choice Award. FreshFixNYC helps users connect directly with farmers markets and vendors, and even has a function that helps you search for specific products. On the other end of things, the app allows farmers to reach out to customers and tip them off about product availability. Congrats to the FreshFixNYC team – you can learn more about the app here.
Good news for fans of fresh fruit and vegetables – the New York City Health Department recently expanded their Health Bucks program. These $2 vouchers can now be used at any New York City farmers market. Shoppers using EBT or food stamps are also eligible to earn free Health Bucks for every $5 they spend, and community organizations in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Central Brooklyn can apply to receive Health Bucks to distribute to clients. Learn more about farmers’ markets and Health Bucks here.
Are you interested in seeing healthier food in local stores and educating your community about the importance of a healthy diet? The New York City Health Department is hosting a series of workshops on their Adopt-a-Shop program in the Bronx and Queens throughout the rest of July and August to help you do just that. The workshops equip participants with the tools they need to get healthy food choices at their local food stores, and to act as advocates for their local businesses. The remaining workshops are listed on our calendar, and don’t forget to visit the NYC Health website and the Change by Us NYC Tumblr to learn more.
This past weekend, the City of New York hosted Reinvent Green, it’s first ever sustainability hackathon. Whether locating the nearest public recycling trash can or competing to be the greenest neighborhood, the event showcased a lot of apps that found creative uses for open data. Now that the winners have been decided and the judges have made their decisions, one thing remains to be seen – who will win the Popular Choice Application Award? Now through July 15th, stop by the event’s Facebook page and cast your vote here. May the best app win!