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NYAM and Harlem Community Partners Showcase Healthy Living at Museum Mile Festival

NYAM was a proud participant in the 2014 Museum Mile Festival, an evening-long museum open house and street fair that draws thousands of visitors to New York City’s Fifth Avenue. NYAM’s historic building is located on Fifth Avenue at 103rd St., where the festival kicks off each year with events at the neighboring Museum of the City of New York.

Representatives from NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Health Policy, and Marketing & Communications department greeted visitors to NYAM’s table, who were treated to special coloring books featuring images from books in NYAM’s historical collections (download a PDF version), as well as crayons, oranges, and healthy living tips. The street in front of NYAM also became a colorful gallery of chalk art contributed by festival participants.

For 2014, our theme was collaborations for health. NYAM brought together local partners to engage the community with fun, interactive activities around healthy eating and active living. NYAM was pleased to partner with Harlem Seeds and Harlem Hospital Center’s Walk it Out! and Hip Hop Public Health programs to present a vibrant event featuring food, dance, and art.

“A core pillar of our work is engaging communities, which we often do in partnership with community-based organizations as their work on the ground is so critical and needed,” said Shauneequa Owusu, Project Manager at NYAM. “The contributions of Harlem Seeds, Walk it Out! and Hip Hop Public Health made NYAM’s engagement in Museum Mile a success.”

Harlem Seeds staff demonstrated how to cook a healthy and delicious kale salad and baked apple dessert, which drew long lines of visitors throughout the event.

"Thank you to The New York Academy of Medicine for a wonderful opportunity to participate in Museum Mile,” said Stephanie Mack, Executive Director of Harlem Seeds. We were able to do what we LOVE, Educate, Empower, Equip & Engage community members with our healthy food demonstration."

Representatives from Walk it Out! and Hip Hop Public Health got the crowd energized and moving with dynamic kickboxing, line dancing, and break dancing lessons.

“The programming provided Hip Hop Public Health and Walk It Out! helps to promote healthy eating and active living across the life span,” said Monique Hedmann, Program Manager at Columbia University Medical Center and Senior Project Officer for Hip Hop Public Health. “Our partnership with The New York Academy of Medicine, a leading entity in the public health sphere, is a natural and fruitful one, and we look forward to further collaborations in the future.”

NYAM extends thanks to our partners and all of the volunteers who helped make our participation in Museum Mile a success.

View the full photo gallery for the event.

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Posted on June 11, 2014

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 822-7285


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