Central New York, Health

$250,000 Grant brings Healthy Eating to the Near West Side

The Near West Side is getting healthier thanks to a $250,000 grant

By Caroline Davenport SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University has received a $250,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation to develop healthy eating initiatives on the Near West Side of Syracuse.

According to the Director of the Lerner Center, Rebecca Bostwick, the grant money will go to creating programs at Nojaim Brothers Market, St. Joseph’s Primary Care Center-West as well as for renovating some of the parks on the Near West Side. The grocery store and the primary care center share a parking lot and both extensively serve the community in different ways.

The initiative to create a healthier environment on the Near West Side has been ongoing for about three years now, but Bostwick says that this new funding will “increase educational opportunities in Nojaim’s” as well as work with St. Joseph’s to enforce those healthy eating habits.

The grant money will be used in Nojaim’s to give cooking classes and other healthy eating seminars, to anyone in the community that frequently shops at the grocery store.

Bostwick says her work at Nojaim’s is guided by the question of “how do we not only make that shopping experience beneficial for your time, but also beneficial for your health”.

The Near West Side is not the only community in New York State receiving funding for more healthy eating initiatives. Niagara Falls, East Harlem, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan have also received grants to help their residents learn to make better choices when it comes to their food and their health.