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B'N Fit Walk Success with Special Guest, R&B Singer Elle Varner

Bronx, NY (May 23, 2014) – R&B singer/songwriter Elle Varner joined participants of the Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) Program for a two mile walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at The New York Botanical Garden.

 

"Combating childhood obesity takes an entire community to rally our youth,” said Teen Diaries Foundation Founder and Executive Director Aeshia DeVore Branch. “It's events like these that help children realize that we are all in this together."

 

The RCA recording artist welcomed Bronx community members and program participants and readily accompanied the Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) team for entire walk. To close out the program and awards ceremony, Varner presented the raffle winner with a PGS grand prize gift basket. After sharing with the crowd about her own childhood struggle with weight management, Varner sang her throwback, “So Fly,” which served as the perfect anthem for the B’N Fit teens and inspiring lyrical closing remarks.

 

“Walking in the beautiful New York Botanical Garden with the talented Elle Varner was the perfect morning,” said Laurie Bandremer, MMCC director of development. “Thanks to everyone that showed up in support the B’N Fit program.”

 

Teen obesity and limited access to health education and fitness outlets are some of the biggest issues facing Bronx youth. The B’N Fit Annual Teen and Community Walk is presented by B’N Fit, a joint program of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), in conjunction with Teen Diaries’ Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) program and serves as the culmination of the year long program.

 

About B’N Fit

The Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) Program was developed by the Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) in 2006. B’N Fit strives to comprehensively address the issue of adolescent obesity. The mission of B’N Fit is to provide a safe environment for teens that need access to comprehensive weight loss services. The program teaches teens how to adopt healthy, lifelong nutritional and physical activity skills; to develop coping skills; enhance their sense of personal responsibility; and how to better utilize family, social and community resources to achieve healthy personal goals. Family members also engage in programming that promotes active and healthy lifestyles.

 

About PGS

Teen Diaries Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides hands on and virtual programming for multicultural women (ages 13-22) across the nation. The direct service includes Pretty Girls Sweat fitness events focused on motivating young women to live active lifestyles, participate in organized sports, and support the fight against childhood obesity as well as a mentoring portion dedicated to linking young girls with professional women who work in the entertainment industry. The Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) Ambassador program gives college students the opportunity to encourage their peers to stay fit by giving them a platform to create and publish inspirational social media content and host on-campus fitness gatherings. In addition, the Teen Reporter Program provides hands on and e-mentoring to high school and college age students interested in pursuing careers in journalism (such as online media, radio, TV, newspaper, and magazines). The information and opportunities they offer help their target population transition into womanhood successfully and empower them to be future leaders. They have been affecting the lives of young women worldwide since 2007 through various platforms including TeenDiaries.net, TD Radio, and PrettyGirlsSweat.com!  For more information, visit TeenDiariesFoundation.org

 

Media contact:

Sherice Brammer

718-882-4000 ext 350

sbrammer@mmcc.org


B'N Fit Walk to have Special Guest R&B Singer Elle Varner

 

Bronx, NY (April 28, 2014) –R&B singer, Elle Varner will join participants of the Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) Program for a two mile walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8 a.m. at The New York Botanical Garden.

“We are delighted to have singer Elle Varner join us this year in our efforts to bring awareness to teen obesity and health education,” said Laurie Bandremer, MMCC director of development. “It is exciting to celebrate with our B’N Fit participants and encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices as simple as walking a little more each day.”

Teen obesity and limited access to health education and fitness outlets are some of the biggest issues facing Bronx youth. The B’N Fit Annual Teen and Community Walk is presented by B’N Fit, a joint program of Mosholu Montefiore  Community Center (MMCC) and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), in conjunction with Teen Diaries’ Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) program and serves as the culmination of the year long program.

MMCC provides the physical and nutritional education portions of the program. CHAM provides clinical, medical and curriculum support. Eligible participants are adolescents between the age of 12 and 21 who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 95th percentile for age and sex. B’N Fit serves 100-125 overweight adolescents per year. In addition to direct program participants, 100 to 200 family members are concurrently offered programming to support healthy lifestyle behaviors for the entire family.

You may register, create a team or become a sponsor online at www.mmcc.org

About B’N Fit

The Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) Program was developed by the Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) in 2006. B’N Fit strives to comprehensively address the issue of adolescent obesity. The mission of B’N Fit is to provide a safe environment for teens that need access to comprehensive weight loss services. The program teaches teens how to adopt healthy, lifelong nutritional and physical activity skills; to develop coping skills; enhance their sense of personal responsibility; and how to better utilize family, social and community resources to achieve healthy personal goals. Family members also engage in programming that promotes active and healthy lifestyles.

About PGS

Teen Diaries Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides hands on and virtual programming for multicultural women (ages 13-22) across the nation. The direct service includes Pretty Girls Sweat fitness events focused on motivating young women to live active lifestyles, participate in organized sports, and support the fight against childhood obesity as well as a mentoring portion dedicated to linking young girls with professional women who work in the entertainment industry. The Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) Ambassador program gives college students the opportunity to encourage their peers to stay fit by giving them a platform to create and publish inspirational social media content and host on-campus fitness gatherings. In addition, the Teen Reporter Program provides hands on and e-mentoring to high school and college age students interested in pursuing careers in journalism (such as online media, radio, TV, newspaper, and magazines). The information and opportunities they offer help their target population transition into womanhood successfully and empower them to be future leaders. They have been affecting the lives of young women worldwide since 2007 through various platforms includingTeenDiaries.net, TD Radio, and PrettyGirlsSweat.com!  For more information, visitTeenDiariesFoundation.org

Media contact:

Sherice Brammer

718-882-4000 ext 350

sbrammer@mmcc.org


 

Mosholu Country Day Camp Registration in Full Swing

Bronx, NY (March 18, 2014) –Mike Halpern, director of Country Day Camp at MMCC, is very excited to announce that registration for Mosholu Day Camp is in full swing. A variety of educational and leisure activities are offered for children from ages 4½ to 16.

“We are excited to enter a new season of fun and social skills building with new and returning campers,” said Halpern. “Children will enjoy an entertaining summer filled with new experiences.”

Mosholu Day Camp is located in Bear Mountain on Lake Cohasset. The camp facilities include a fantastic lake for boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, a large swim area with floating docks and floors broken down by two, three and four feet areas as well as a deep water area with docks. Several buildings are used as specialty areas for ceramics, arts & crafts, Native American crafts, Jewish culture, music, drama and dance include featured classes offered. Outdoor sports facilities include fields for baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, archery, a fitness course and new ropes course and a playground.

About Mosholu Day Camp

Mosholu Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. It is located in Bear Mountain on Lake Cohasset at Harriman State Park. Children are bused from all over the Bronx, Riverdale, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, northern Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties.

Visit www.mmcc.org or call 718-882-4000, ext #393 regarding registration or additional information about Mosholu Day Camp.

 


 

 

MMCC Senior Center Offers Hypertension Workshop

Bronx, NY (February 27, 2014) - MMCC's Senior Center will offer a two hour Hypertension Self-Management Workshop for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Conducted by IPRO Center for Patient and Family Engagement, the workshop is designed to provide the patient with the tools needed to achieve self control and mange hypertension in order to prevent or delay further health complications. IPRO is the not-for-profit Quality Improvement Organization for New York State that works to improve the quality of healthcare provided to New Yorkers.

Participants will learn the following: how to cope with hypertension; definition of high blood pressure, benefits of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan, the problem with salt and sodium, taking medications and knowing your numbers. In addition, each participant will receive these free materials: My Hypertension Checkbook, hypertension booklet, water bottle, eco-bag and educational materials.

Individuals interested in the class may preregister by calling the Senior Center at 718-798-6601, or by coming into the Center at 3450 Dekalb Avenue, Bronx, NY, at the corner of Gun Hill Road.

 The Mosholu Montefiore Senior Center, a program of MMCC, provides a vast array of experiences to adults, age 60 and over. Funded by the New York City Department For The Aging, the center serves a complete, nutritious lunch, Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Please register by 11 a.m. to guarantee your space. Seniors may also enjoy a variety of stimulating activities, for the suggested daily contribution of $1.50. Regular weekly activities include BINGO, Handcrafts, Discussion Groups, Fine Arts Classes, Computer, Exercise, Poetry, Health Information, and more.

You may contact the Senior Center by calling 718-798-6601.


 

 

Music for Autism and MMCC Present an Interactive Concert

Bronx, NY (February 27, 2014) –MMCC is hosting a free interactive concert for individuals with Autism and their families on Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. It is presented in conjunction with Music for Autism, featuring international award winning saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Quartet who has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards.

“We are delighted to be able to host this wonderful program to the community,” said Kim Viade, MMCC special needs coordinator.  “We recognize the ongoing challenges of every family impacted by Autism. The arts play a crucial role in the development of children with special needs. Programs like this interactive concert are wonderful events for the whole family.”

The concert will convene at MMCC’s Main Building located off of Jerome Avenue at 3450 Dekalb Avenue and Gun Hill Road by Montefiore Medical Center. RSVPs are required and may be completed by visiting www.musicforautism.org (preferred) and clicking on the Concert Calendar or by calling 877-863-7473. The concert is also part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival and the Linda Rodgers Emory Concert Series, underwritten by the Richard and Dorothy Rodgers Fund of UJA-Federation.

 

About Music for Autism

The goal of Music for Autism is to expose those with autism and their families to high quality, professionally performed music in an environment where individual differences are celebrated and where no one will be embarrassed. Families are greatly challenged to find programming that is appropriate for their family members with autism who may exhibit behaviors that are unpredictable. Families say that Music for Autism's unique and interactive “autism specific” musical programming greatly enhances their quality of life. In addition, since all U.S. concerts are free for those with autism and their families, anyone affected by autism, irrespective of socioeconomic status, is able to experience Music for Autism's unique, interactive programming.

About ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.


 

MMCC Child Development Center forms Partnership with CUNY Career Path

Bronx, NY (February 17, 2014) - The Child Development Center (CDC) of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center has formed a partnership with CUNY Career Path Program at Bronx Community College. The purpose of this partnership is to encourage MMCC’s CDC parents to continue their education and possibly pursue careers in the early childhood education field.

“My goal is to be able to offer the parents who graduate with their CDA employment opportunities at MMCC’s Lavelle Child Development Center,” said Amber Cartwright, child development center director, MMCC.

CUNY CareerPATH is a low to no-cost program supporting unemployed adult workers or those looking to advance their careers by providing opportunities to earn both industry-recognized credentials and college credits and find jobs in one of five sectors: education, business, health care, manufacturing and culinary arts. 

“I am pleased to announce that the social service team has worked hard to promote this opportunity,” said Cartwright. “I am honored to work with such a committed group of professionals that maximized this opportunity. Your work has empowered our parents in ways you cannot imagine.”

As a result of the family workers’ efforts, 14 parents took the exam and nine passed. Those who passed are now registered in a Child Development Association program (CDA). 


 

Marble Hill Community Center Accepting Registration

Bronx, NY (February 7, 2014) –Don Bluestone, Executive Director ofMosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is pleased to announce that with funding from the Cornerstone Program of the New York City Department of Youth the agency will be revitalizing the Marble Hill Community Center.

“This initiative helps MMCC improve its Marble Hill Community Center programs, which are crucial to meeting daily needs of the community while providing a safe and empowering outlet for recreational use and leadership building,” said Bluestone.

In addition to operating the Senior Citizens Center programs for years, the community center has redeveloped the after school program serving boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program meets Monday through Friday from the end of the school day until 6 p.m.

The Teen Center, serving those 13 to 21 years of age is being revitalized and operates evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The newly refurbished game room features table games such as pool, ping pong, foosball and other table games. Classes will be offered every evening in such areas as Art, Drama, Dance, Fitness, Homework & Computer Help, Regents Prep Classes in Reading & Math, Cooking, Movie Nights and much more. Dinner is served every night around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Baseball will be offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the spring.

Adults may take advantage of Job Counseling and classes such as Computer, GED Test Prep, a game of dominos and more.

All programs are free and open to Marble Hill residents as well as the surrounding community. You may stop by and register at 5635 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10469 or call 718-562-9450.  


 

MMCC 12 Station Culinary Arts Kitchen's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Bronx, NY (January 30, 2014) - Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is proud to announce that through our partner, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The Snowflake Youth Foundation awarded MMCC $75,000 to renovate its teaching kitchen into a 12 station teaching kitchen in its Northside Annex on Dekalb Avenue.

“Obesity is a chronic health issue affecting our youth. Healthy food purchases and preparation are essential components to addressing obesity,” said Donald Bluestone, executive director of MMCC. “In addition to programs that promote healthy food choices and our culinary programs, we are now better equipped to continue and expand on our food handler certificate programs to enable our young adults to find employment.”

The Snowflake Youth Foundation, an innovative charity initiative of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, along with its partner organizations, has raised more than $11 million to support projects in New York and New Jersey.

The community is invited to join us for a cooking demonstration in our newly refurbished kitchen on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center has been providing programs and services to residents of the Bronx for over 70 years. MMCC’s mission is to respect and protect the dignity of the residents we serve regardless of their religion, race or ethnicity, or economic condition, by providing the resources needed to live healthy and successful lives. The agency’s diverse programs serve newborns, children, teens, adults and senior citizens under the guidance of a warm, caring and dedicated staff.


 

MMCC Receives Major Grants to Expand 

Bronx, NY (January 30, 2014) -Laurie Meltzer Bandremer, director of development of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is very pleased to announce that MMCC finds itself in fine financial shape to continue to serve the community. At the end of their current fiscal year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) MMCC’s financial picture gives them the unique opportunity to expand programs and services due to an increase in city, state, federal and foundation grants.

“It is very gratifying to know that the hard work of the board, administration and program staff has worked together this past year to cut unnecessary costs while continuing to serve the Bronx community with top notch programs and services,” said Bandremer. “Our surplus allows us to reinvest in the community along with new and expanded grant awards for the coming year.”

Starting July 1, MMCC underwent a record expansion in its Federal Head Start program. The Federal Head Start Grant was over $2,233,000 which enabled MMCC to expand its program from 51 three to four year old children to 270 currently enrolled in the program. The Universal Pre-Kindergarten expansion from the Department of Education was over $415,000 which allowed MMCC to add three additional UPK full day classes.

August saw the opening of a new MMCC sponsored Boys & Girls Club in Parkchester with private grants totaling $271,000. The Club will primarily serve teens 13 to 19 years of age and host Saturday outdoor sports in the fall and spring for elementary school children and teens. The Boys & Girls Club of Parkchester joins two other MMCC’s Boys & Girls Clubs in Co-op City and in the MMCC main building on Dekalb Avenue.

In October, MMCC received two additional Out-of-School Time (OST) grants from the Department of Youth and Community Development totaling over $300,000 which enabled MMCC to serve additional elementary school students at PS41 on Olinville Road in Williamsbridge and middle school students at MS 244 (THE FORMER 143) on Sedgwick Avenue and 231st street.

MMCC has been awarded three Cornerstone Community Center grants starting January 2013 to expand services for children, teens, and adults at the Marble Hill Houses, Gun Hill Houses and Boston Secor Houses. Funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development Agency of NYC, the$1mil plus funding will enable MMCC to service and additional 500 Bronx residents.

The Snow Flake Foundation has awarded MMCC $75,000 to expand one of its kitchens into a full teaching kitchen. This kitchen will enable MMCC staff to work with out-of-school youth in culinary arts, providing food service certificates for those who complete the program. The kitchen will also be used to teach children and teens how to cook nutritious foods and the importance of making healthy meal choices.

“MMCC is pleased that these various government and private foundations recognize our commitment to the Bronx by providing grants that enable us to continue to expand on programs and services that serve the Bronx community,” said Bandremer. “We are grateful for their support and the support of our Bronx residents and business community.”


 

MMCC’s Child Development Center Holiday Toy Drive Benefits from the Generosity of Simon & Schuster and DKE Toys

Bronx, NY (December 9, 2013) - Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is gearing up for the holidays with its annual toy drive and has received a generous, in-kind donation of more than 200 books from Simon & Schuster and 100 plush toys from DKE Toys. MMCC invites everyone to get involved in the spirit of giving and help us warm the hearts of our toddlers and children.

"We are very grateful for the generosity of Simon & Schuster and DKE Toys this holiday season," said Donald Bluestone, executive director, MMCC. "Thanks to their donations, we are that much closer to delivering on our hope to provide gifts to nearly 500 children and putting a smile on their faces."

MMCC aims to bring added holiday cheer to its Daycare, Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start students by providing them with stuffed animals, toys and books. The initiative spans multiple MMCC locations serving the Bronx community. MMCC’s Main Building, North Side Annex and Van Cortlandt Child Development Centers, which provide educational and childcare services to low income children, will distribute all items donated.

“Simon & Schuster, DKE Toys and the Bronx community is impacting the lives of the children we serve,” said Nora Feury, educational director, MMCC. “Every donation makes a difference and adds to the holiday cheer for each child enrolled at our Child Development Centers.”

The holiday season is a time for hope, love and good deeds but many of our community members face hardship. Gifting books and toys to children makes them feel special and brings additional joy into their lives. Each donation proves that the community comes together for a great cause.  Toys and books can be donated at MMCC’s Main Building located at 3450 Dekalb Avenue.

For more information, please contact Main Building at 718-882-4000.


 

MMCC’s Mosholu Day Camp and Teen Trailways Summer Camp earn ACA Accreditation

Bronx, NY (October 24, 2013) –Mosholu Montefiore Community Center’s (MMCC) Mosholu Day Camp and Teen Trailways Summer Camp meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards, signified by its new accreditation from American Camp Association.

“Becoming accredited simply confirms the level of program and service that Mosholu offers our camp community,” said Camp Director Mike Halpern.  “We have, and will continue to do everything possible to offer our campers a quality experience and a summer of memories that will last them a lifetime.”

Mosholu Day Camp provides dynamic activities that incorporate sports, nature, dance, art and drama to create an enriching environment. Children are encouraged to develop new relationships while enhancing their social, athletic and academic skills.

Teen Trailways Summer Camp provides teens exposure to a variety of new experiences and an environment in which new friendships are developed and social skills are enhanced. Daily trips include visits to state parks, museums, pools, beaches, deep sea fishing outings and other recreational and educational facilities throughout the tri–state area. Out-of-state trips have included visits to places such as Universal Studios, Virginia Beach, Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure.  


 

Miracles Donation Campaign Kicks Off Oct. 1

Bronx, NY (October 1, 2013) –Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) is launching its first ever Miracles Donation Campaign with support from local small business owners.

 “Our Miracles Campaign this year is a service-specific campaign,” said Don Bluestone, executive director. “In this way, we hope to ensure awareness, building relationships and raise funds to aid the continued growth of MMCC programs and services in our community.”

Miracles Campaign donation boxes may be found at the following 29 local business places in the Norwood Bronx community:

Pay-O-Matic, Drug Rite Pharmacy, BX Sports, Mosholu Optical, C&N Liquor Corp, K&S Liquor Corp, Little Michael's, Marconi’s Pizza, Four Brothers, Sharon's Flowers, Lemed Pharmacy, Tasty Picks, Kings Market, Eden Flower Shop, Pito Deli, Gun Hill Pharmacy, BC Wireless Chips, Inc., Grace Optical, Inc. Lesell Pharmacy, NICKY's Pizza & Ristorante, 204 St Hardware, S&S DBA Price Buster, M&I Dental, La Nueva Estrella, Empanada Monumental, NICKY'S Coffee Shop, Napoli Pizza, Fashion Uniform 2 and Scrub NYC.

Funds raised from this effort will help support the programs and services MMCC provides to residents, from infants to seniors, in our community. The center serves over 28,000 residents each year with day care, Universal Pre-K, Head Start, senior centers, three Boys & Girls Clubs, sports, little leagues, summer camp, adult education and training programs, a variety of Saturday classes and so much more. MMCC’s programs are designed to build on the strengths and address the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors including preschoolers, children and youth, young parents, and the elderly.