Teens participating in a building an edible garden activity at NYC Food and Fitness Partnership’s January 2011 Youth Event

Youth are central to the work of the NYC Food & Fitness Partnership, offering profound perspectives on how to improve our food and fitness environments. We want to build a core of future leaders for the healthy living movement. We want to involve youth today as advocates and change agents in defining solutions to the food and fitness issues affecting them, their families and their communities.

Through partnerships with other organizations, we intend to involve youth from across New York City to serve in a leadership capacity and to be the voice of the NYC Food & Fitness Partnership. Specifically youth and/or youth-serving organizations who are interested in carrying our initiatives in their existing programming will be linked.

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NYC Food and Fitness and Youth Partners Hosts Its First Youth Event for 2011!

On Saturday, January 29th, NYC Food and Fitness Partnership in collaboration with the Bronx District Public Health Office Youth Advisory Board, Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Family Cook Productions, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, El Puente, and Coro New York Leadership Center held its first youth event for the year at the Horticultural Society of New York.

The event provided teens the opportunity to engage in work stations on nutrition, cooking, and gardening and physical activity. In addition to visiting work stations, teens watched What’s On Your Plate?, participated in a post film discussion on the health issues affecting their communities, and began conversations on how to develop collaborative projects with other youth. This youth event is the first of series, designed and led by NYC Food and Fitness Partnership and our youth partners.

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