The Bronx is the World’s Strongest Borough!

April 18, 2017

A NYCHA Artist Residency with Cultural Ambassador of the Bronx, Baron Ambrosia at Claremont Healthy Village

FREE: Wednesdays, April – June 2017, 3-6pm

One pull-up closer to being the World’s Strongest Borough. Thank you Casita Maria super strong student Nidia Solano!

BRONX, NY – (April 2017) Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education in partnership with Bronx Health REACH, Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc., and Department Of Family Medicine At Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center are proud to present the South Bronx Healthy And Livable Neighborhoods Initiative Artist Residency with Cultural Ambassador of the Bronx, Baron Ambrosia.

Baron Ambrosia’s artist-led project, The Bronx is the World’s Strongest Borough! is an active, healthy, accessible, beautification and educational program that involves large-scale community engagement to qualify the Bronx as “The World’s Strongest Borough” through completing the most “pull-ups”. The goal is to get 1 pull-up from as many Bronx residents as possible – allowing fitness to be fun and easy to start! Intergenerational participants will learn leadership skills, civic engagement, and community building while fostering self-esteem, a sense of self-pride and accomplishment alongwith motivational tools.

A “Mobile Pull-Up Bar of Power,” and Fit ‘N Fun Club will travel to neighborhood plazas, parks and schools throughout the South Bronx (Claremont, Hunts Point and Mott Haven). At each site, participants will learn and engage in a different no-equipment- needed fitness class led by GetUpNGetFit founder and fitness trainer, Thomas Johnson. Each class will include a discussion about the health benefits of the specific fitness modality and healthy eating tips. Additionally, participants will engage and invite people passing by to join in the “Make the Bronx the Strongest Borough Challenge” which is comprised of 1 pull-up.

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 a culminating Award Ceremony and Inauguration of a permanent Pull-Up Bar of Power and mural, commissioned from Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru, will be held at Claremont Neighborhood Center, Inc., 489 E 169 th Street, Bronx to celebrate the achievement. Baron Ambrosia and Fitness Trainer Thomas Johnson will be onsite for the unveiling along with a DJ. Healthy foods, beverages and a fitness class will be provided.

These free events are part of The Claremont Healthy Village Initiative Artist Residency and are made possible by The New York Community Trust with additional funding from Bronx Health REACH. All events are open to the public and suitable for all ages.

To register, contact: Daniel Dei, Community Health Worker, Bronx Lebanon Hospital (O) 718 901 8497 (M) 917 678 6045 For more information: contact Luis Pagan, Marketing & Media Manager at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education or visit Casita Maria’s website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages: @casitamariabx

Baron Ambrosia
“I’ve always known that The Bronx is the strongest of the five boroughs and now is our chance to prove it to the world.”

Bronx Health REACH
"This is an exciting opportunity for all Bronx residents to show their Bronx spirit by participating in the 'Make the Bronx the Strongest Borough Challenge'," said Charmaine Ruddock, Project Director for Bronx Health REACH at the Institute for Family Health. "The Pull-Up Bar of Power is a fun way for Bronx residents to get physically active and healthier."

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
“The poor health statistics in the South Bronx drive us to truly want to make a difference in each and every patient, family, and neighborhood with which we connect. This project helps us move forward and succeed in our continuing efforts to develop and enhance health opportunities in order to promote and achieve Health Care Excellence for the communities we serve.” - Dr. Doug Reich, Chairman, Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

Claremont Neighborhood Centers
“Claremont Neighborhood Centers is pleased to partner with Casita Maria, and Baron Ambrosia engaging our youth to undertake this exciting project ‘The Bronx Is The Strongest Borough’.” -Abraham Jones/Executive Director

CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is the oldest Latino charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

BARON AMBROSIA is a filmmaker, explorer and the Bronx’s Cultural Ambassador. Whether swimming the Bronx River, holding wild dinner parties, helping to produce Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN or Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, the Baron enjoys nothing more than bringing together the borough's diverse faces to the same table. Baron writes and produces for National Geographic and in 2016 he tracked down the alleged skull of Nat Turner and had it released to his descendants. The Baron is also a New York Emmy Award Winner for self-written series Underbelly, Bronx Flavor, and Culinary Adventures where he channels his mischievous spirit to showcase mom & pop ethnic eateries.

BRONX HEALTH REACH is a 70 member strong coalition led by The Institute for Family Health Founded in 1999, Bronx Health REACH is committed to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the Bronx, and promotes health equity by increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food and quality healthcare. The Institute for Family Health is a federally qualified health center network that operates 30 community health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and the Mid Hudson Valley. Primary care, behavioral health care and dental services are available to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. /

BRONX-LEBANON HOSPITAL CENTER is a major teaching hospital and health care system, fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading hospital accrediting authority. It consists of two divisions, a comprehensive psychiatric program, two specialized long-term care facilities, and an extensive BronxCare network, including a recently completed 9-story Health and Wellness Center for outpatients, and Life Recovery Center for chemical dependency (one of only a few such facilities in New York State), as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center. Bronx-Lebanon now provides more than 1.1 million outpatient and 140,000 ER visits. It is also certified as a Level Three Patient Centered Medical Home (the highest level) by the National Center for Quality Assurance. Additionally, Bronx-Lebanon’s four consecutive “A-Ratings” from the Leap Frog Industry Watchdog Group places it in the upper echelon of the safest hospitals in the nation, including the added distinction of being the only hospital in the Bronx and one of three in New York City to receive the A-grade during the spring, 2016 time period.

CLAREMONT NEIGHBORHOOS CENTERS, INC. provides innovative recreational and educational programs to area youth through evidence based models. It is also dedicated to providing day care services in order to meet the child care needs of working parents in the community. CNC is confident that with effective delivery of these services we can encourage them to be proactive in becoming positive constituents in their communities - helping them to also improve their socio-economic status and improve physical health.