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Elmhurst Hospital pediatric patients to get Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A wave of green is coming to Elmhurst Hospital.

Children who are currently patients in the pediatric center at the hospital located at 79-01 Broadway, as well as the patients’ families, will soon be given the option to enroll in the organization Wholesome Wave’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

The four-month program, which is expected to begin this month, will provide healthy eating and living assistance to about 100 families with children between 2 and 18 who are identified to be overweight and obese.

During the program, the families will have monthly meetings with hospital staff, including physicians and nutritionists, where they will receive counseling, learn about eating healthy, take part in surveys and also have their health and weight recorded after each month.

The families will also receive vouchers or prescriptions, with values that vary depending on household size, to use in green markets throughout the city. Once visiting the green market, the families will receive health bucks which they can use to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Every Tuesday outside of Elmhurst Hospital, GrowNYC holds the Elmhurst Greenmarket from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

“We are hoping that doing this will expose the inner city families to fresh produce and what the green markets around the city have to offer,” said Dr. Randi Wasserman, director of pediatrics at Elmhurst Hospital. “We are very committed to making our children safer and healthier. This is just one step.”

Wholesome Wave, which has programs throughout 25 states, began the New York City initiative last year in Harlem and the Bronx, and this year added on Elmhurst Hospital as the first in Queens.

“[The program] shows [patients] they can live in the middle of New York City and still get fresh vegetables,” Wasserman said.

According to Wasserman, this program is only the beginning for the hospital, which hopes to create a healthy lifestyles program and also reach out to the community with other programs.

“It’s part of the bigger picture of our commitment to tackling [obesity] in our population and in the community,” Wasserman said. “We are hoping this will just be the beginning of a number of initiatives.”



2013 farmers market season in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Though the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is open year-round many of Queens’ other farmers markets don’t open until June or July.

Astoria Greenmarket
14th Street (Between 31st Avenue and 31st Road)
Open Wednesdays, 7/10 – 11/20
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Corona Greenmarket
Roosevelt Avenue at 103rd Street
Open Fridays, 7/5 – 11/22
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Elmhurst Greenmarket
41st Avenue (Between 80th and 81th Streets)
Open Tuesdays, 6/4 to 11/26
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue
Open Sundays, 4/7 – 12/29
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket
34th Avenue at 78th Street
Open Sundays, year-round
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jamaica Farmers Market
160th Street off Jamaica Avenue
Open Fridays, 6/21 – 11/22
8:30 a.m– 4 p.m.

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market (Flushing)
Dahlia Avenue off Main Street
Open Fridays, 6/21 – 11/16
8:30 am – 4:00 p.m.

Ridgewood Youth Market
Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Avenue
Saturdays, 7/13 – 11/23
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket
Vernon Boulevard and Broadway
Open Saturdays, 6/1 – 11/23
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Avenue (Between 42nd and 43rd  streets)
Open Saturdays, 6/1 – 12/21
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Farmers market season in Queens

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Though the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is open year-round many of Queens’ other farmers markets don’t open until June or July.

Astoria Greenmarket
14th St. between 31st Ave. and 31st Road
July 11-November 14
Wednesdays, 8 a.m-3 p.m.

Atlas Park Greenmarket
Atlas Park Mall, Cooper Ave. and 80th St.
June 16–November 17
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Corona Greenmarket

Roosevelt Ave. and 103rd St.
July 6-November 16
Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Douglaston Greenmarket
41st Ave. and 235th St.
June 8-November 18
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Elmhurst Greenmarket
41st Ave. between 80th and 81st streets
July 10-November 20
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Blvd. at 70th Ave.
July 8–November 18
Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Jamaica Farmers Market
160th St. off Jamaica Avenue
June 29- November 17
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m.

Ridgewood Youthmarket
Myrtle Ave. and Cypress Ave.
July 9-October 29
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket
Vernon Blvd and Broadway
June 23-November 17
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Sunnyside Greenmarket
Skillman Ave. between 42 and 43 streets
June 2- December 22
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Queens Botanical Gardens Farmers Market
Dahlia Ave. off Main St.
June 22-November 2
Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.