Keeping “Healthy on The Hill”
July 11, 2013
GREAT NECK, NY -- North Shore-LIJ today announced it has joined with the Spinney Hill community to host a farmers market running Sundays from July 14 to Oct. 27, 2013.
The market is part of “Healthy on the Hill,” a coalition comprised of local faith-based, community, housing and business organizations, Head Start, government and the North Shore- LIJ Health System. They have joined forces to improve the health of the residents of Spinney Hill by promoting healthy eating and active living. Local youths will be hired to work at the market, which will be held Sunday’s from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the health system’s corporate offices at 125 Community Drive.
The weekly sales are part of a community partnership between the health system; the Spinney Hill community; Sustainable Long Island, a local community based organization whose mission is to promote economic development, environmental health, and social equity for all Long Islanders; Long Island Green Market, an organization that runs farmer’s markets across Long Island; and the Greentree Foundation, which awarded NSLIJ a $10,000 grant to operate the market.
All products sold will come from the Long Island area, picked at the peak of ripeness and sold shortly after harvest by the people who cultivated them. In addition to providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the community, there will also be healthy cooking demonstrations and recipes provided. The market will also accept SNAP benefits through EBT as well as WIC produce checks.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's 14th-largest healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
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