FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cada Paso Walking Program
Contact: Emma Murphy / Lara Crystal-Ornelas
Family Fall Harvest Walk and Día de los Muertos Celebration
EAST HARLEM NEW YORK, NY – Our next walk on Saturday, October 31, will address basic first aid skills and offer guidance to families about when to appropriately use emergency rooms and urgent care centers. Each walk begins at Poor Richard’s Playground on 109th and 3rd Avenue.
We will conclude the walk at our local community garden, Chenchita’s on 110th St. and Madison, with a family fall harvest and día de los muertos celebration. Look out for our next walk in early November!
Cada Paso (cadapaso.us) is changing the way health care is delivered to families. In partnership with Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (LSAFHS), Cada Paso provides recent immigrant families (predominantly Mexican) with the information, skills and resources they need to achieve their own health goals for their children. Cada Paso does so in the outdoor spaces of the neighborhood itself.
Families in East Harlem have many unmet needs and confront many barriers on a daily basis, despite the wealth of health and social resources in the neighborhood’s two square miles. Cada Paso families go to these places. They are in charge of their children’s health.
Cada Paso asks families what health topics are of top priority for their children and designs a walk for each topic. For example, on the recent Dental Health walk (http://cadapaso.us/2015-dental-health) families gathered on a sunny Saturday in Poor Richard’s Playground to learn about how to keep their teeth cavity-free before walking to the nearby health sites (Boriken Neighborhood Health Center and Institute for Family Health) to sign up for affordable and available service. Along the way, the group stops to eat fresh fruit at a community garden, drink NYC’s finest tap water, network with other families, chat with the volunteer health providers walking with them, and benefit from the enjoyable physical activity of walking in their own neighborhood.
You can see more in this video about a recent Greenmarket walk where they spent DOH Health Bucks: https://youtu.be/r09bnsOIcc8