Join us for Boogie on the Boulevard – Fun and Fitness in the Bronx on Sunday, September 15th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Sunday, September 15th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the center lanes of the Grand Concourse, from 162nd Street to 170th Street, will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun for the 6th Annual Boogie on the Boulevard. There will be music, art, dance, fitness programs and healthy food samples to enjoy.
This one-mile stretch of the Grand Concourse will provide Bronxites with an opportunity to connect and learn through vibrant experiences as each block will have its own healthy living theme led by Bronx-based organizations and local Bronxites. The Fresh Food Block, hosted by the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH will offer samples of healthy food made by local organizations and vendors. There will also be food oriented fun games with prizes.
The fitness block hosted by BronxWorks will offer yoga, high intensity workouts, Tai Chi and free medical massages. The Back to School Block also hosted by BronxWorks will emphasize the fun in learning while highlighting the importance of education as part of overall well-being.
On the Active Transportation Block, there will be roller skating, free bike rides, and skateboarding on the Grand Concourse as well as free bike parking and bike repairs. The Boogie Down block will feature Bronx-based music and performances, salsa dancing, hip-hop, music creation workshops and a bungee jumping station! For the runners they will be able to join the Bronx Running Division and other Bronx based running groups for a FREE community 5k run, 2-mile run/walk, or a 1.5-mile walk.
Folks with toddlers can visit the Baby Oasis Block for all their parenting needs including breast-feeding tents, parent resources, and child-friendly activities. On the Arts Block, families will have the chance to engage in the creative process together. Community artists will engage with community members to guide them through various arts and crafts projects.
The #NOT62 Block will showcase efforts to lift up the Bronx from its ranking as the least healthy county in all of New York State. Here people will be able to enjoy activities that take care of the whole self – social, emotional, psychological, and physical. They will get the opportunity to help improve the health of the Bronx by signing up to join the #NOT62 campaign.
“With over two-thirds of adults in the South Bronx overweight/obese and 15% of adults with diabetes, Boogie on the Boulevard offers Bronx residents a great opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities,” said Dr. Neil Calman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Family Health. “For those looking to start a simple daily exercise program, there will be many Bronx organizations at Boogie to start them on the path to improving their health.”
“Bronx Health REACH is once again proud to be involved in this year’s Boogie on the Boulevard, from its planning stage to hosting several of the special block events,” said Charmaine Ruddock, Project Director at Bronx Health REACH. “Over the years, this has become a highlight of the summer for us, for Bronx residents and for the other groups and organizations that participate. To come together to enjoy a car free Grand Concourse while we participate in games, all sorts of activities and sample some of the healthy, delicious food available in the Bronx, is a true treat.”
“Montefiore is incredibly proud to support a healthy Bronx during this year’s Boogie on the Boulevard, said Jason A. Caraballo, Community Relations Manager at the Office of Government & Community Relations for Montefiore Medical Center. “This unique event brings the Bronx together in a celebration of culture and art while promoting fun ways to be physically active, helping us all keep our community healthy.”
“BronxWorks is proud to support Boogie on the Boulevard for the sixth consecutive year,” said Eileen Torres, Executive Director of BronxWorks. “This wonderful event provides a unique opportunity for BronxWorks staff to enjoy some recreation with our neighbors out on the Grand Concourse.”
“The Bronx Museum of the Arts is proud to be a sponsor of the 6th annual Boogie on the Boulevard, in partnership with our neighbors,” said Deborah Cullen-Morales, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum. “We welcome everyone to the majestic Grand Concourse, where our Museum is located, for this day of fun and free activities.”
A complete list of activities and organizations participating in Boogie on the Boulevard and can found here.
Boogie on the Boulevard is made possible by NYC Department of Transportation Weekend Walks program, the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, BronxWorks, Montefiore Health System, and Uptown Boogie & Bicycle Advocacy in partnership with a volunteer committee of Bronx residents. Thank you to our sponsors: Amida Care, SBH Health System, Montefiore Health System, Bronx Museum, The Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH, New Settlement Apartments, and Union Community Health Center.