January 4, 2013
Building Healthy Communities, which supports and empowers Cleveland residents to address quality of life concerns, is currently providing free cooking classes to moms, teens and children in the city’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods. Developed to support healthy eating habits and teach ways to prepare healthy meals and snacks, the classes typically run Tuesday afternoons for four weeks. Recently, The Plain Dealer featured a Building Healthy Communities Teen Chef Class in an article, which also includes a video interview with Building Healthy Communities Director Sharon Glaspie. [More]
October 31, 2012
Building Healthy Communities hosts free four-week cooking classes for children, teens and moms in Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods to teach healthy eating habits, and how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Twenty children recently completed Jr. Chef classes taught by Sharon Glaspie, director of Building Healthy Communities, at the new CornUcopia Place kitchen in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. The Jr. Chef classes, which Glaspie taught with the help of three members of the Garden Boyz, featured lessons on whole grains and high antioxidant foods. Jr. Chef students learned how to make muffins, pumpkin smoothies, turkey burgers and Halloween apple teeth using high antioxidant Red Delicious apples.
“It’s important to reach children at an early age because healthy eating habits learned early in life help form the basis for developing a healthy adult lifestyle,” said Glaspie.
Mom Chef classes begin Tuesday, November 6 at CornUcopia Place, where Glaspie will teach mothers how to prepare healthy meals that their children will enjoy. The free classes will run for four weeks every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact Julia DiBaggio at 216-341-1455 to reserve a spot in the class or for more information.
CornUcopia Place is a community space providing nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, an open event space to be shared with the neighborhood, and a harvest preparation facility for use by local market gardeners.
Jr. Chef, Teen Chef and Mom Chef classes are also held on Mondays at Arbor Park Village in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. Building Healthy Communities is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Pictured are participants in a recent Jr. Chef class, learning to make healthy whole grain muffins.
October 4, 2012
Building Healthy Communities and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are hosting the seventh annual Celebration of Wellness interactive family health day Wednesday, October 10 at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center from noon to 5 p.m.
The Celebration of Wellness event is free and open to residents of Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. It is designed to help support healthier lifestyles in Central Neighborhood, which has been home to the medical center since 1865.
The event features a number of activities that promote health and wellness, including:
A noon walk/run around the hospital’s campus, after which participants receive free t-shirts
Health screenings with medical professionals, including podiatry exams
Information regarding diabetes, stroke, sickle cell anemia, breast health and more
A limited supply of free flu shots
Workshops presented by Garden Boyz (BHC’s youth urban farmers) and volunteers about how to freeze fresh vegetables, how to make a fall container garden, how to use fresh herbs in cooking and how to make healthy after-school snacks
After-school activities for children, including pumpkin decorating, jump rope competitions, football throwing contests and more
What: Celebration of Wellness interactive family health dayWhen: Wednesday, October 10; noon to 5 p.m. (walk/run begins at noon)Where: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, 2351 East 22nd Street (Meet at the School of Nursing Boler Family Memorial Garden facing Central Avenue on the northeast corner of the hospital’s campus.)
The Celebration of Wellness event is sponsored by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
For more information, call 216.571.1266 to speak with Sharon Glaspie, director of Building Healthy Communities, which is a grassroots neighborhood program that helps people in the Central Neighborhood of downtown Cleveland improve their health.
Building Healthy Communities, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland are ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
June 28, 2011
Fresh, locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables raised by Cleveland urban teen farmers known as the Garden Boyz will be available for purchase bi-weekly at the Solon Medical Campus of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
Garden Boyz is an urban teen farmers program of Building Healthy Communities, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The young farmers grow pesticide-free produce in Cleveland using organic methods for farmers markets, including those held at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Cuyahoga County administration building and Western Reserve Area on Aging senior programs. More...
August 10, 2009
Celebration of Wellness is a daylong adventure in interactive learning & fun designed to assist Central neighborhood families in gaining necessary tools for healthy living. The health fair activities focus primarily on cancer detection and prevention. Events include a one-mile walk run, outdoor family games, and healthy snacks. Volunteers come from the surrounding neighborhood, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, and The Sisters of Charity Health System. More...
May 22, 2009
We were a sponsor of Sen. Sherrod Brown's State of Health Care Reform address at The City Club of Cleveland on May 21. Here are some photos from the event. More...