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NYAM, Harlem Community to Launch Wellness Week

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), in partnership with The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), the City College of New York (CCNY), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Economic Forum, will join efforts for the launch of Wellness Week, an opportunity to highlight the variety of ways Harlem partners and coalitions have created positive health programming in the community. The launch of Wellness Week will take place on Friday, September 16, 2011 from noon until 3pm at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Harlem State Office State Building at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

Activities will include interactive tables that focus on healthy living, a farmers’ market, demonstrations by local restaurants preparing healthy options, a karate demonstration, and a group warm-up session hosted by physical fitness expert Terri Kennedy.

The event will lead up to the annual gathering of delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in which health experts from around the world will focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Wellness Week organizers hope to build awareness of the UN NCD meetings, and to encourage UN participants to see themselves as having a role to play in decreasing NCDs worldwide. The event is also designed to get business leaders to understand the connection between health and business and to make community aware decreasing NCDs as an international and domestic priority.

According to PAHO, Approximately 3 out of 4 of all deaths in the Americas are due to NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.

Wellness Week is also designed to demonstrate how New York and cities worldwide can support the prevention of non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, pulmonary disease and diabetes by creating environments for healthy eating, physical activity, preventing tobacco use, and harmful alcohol use in settings where people live, work, play and go to school. These changes make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Lloyd Williams, CEO, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC); Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of NYAM; Dr. Lisa Staiaco, president the City College of New York; Dr. Mirta Roses of PAHO; and Dr. John Palmer, Chairperson of the GHCC’s Healthy Eating Active Living Committee, will all briefly speak during the event. Additionally, NYC DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley will present a proclamation to open Wellness Week on behalf of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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Posted on September 8, 2011

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
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