New York In Focus November 6, 2011
By Edward Small
Dion Williams, Health Coordinator of Forest Houses’ elementary after-school program, was in trouble. He’d just walked into the Forest Houses Community Center with a late-afternoon snack and instantly found himself at the center of a chorus of disapproval. The reason? His meal. It had been deemed unhealthy.
“I’ve got corn!” Williams protested. “Corn and tofu. I’ve got string beans. String beans are healthy!”
At least it was progress. Williams’ accusers were the children enrolled in Starting Right, a pediatric obesity-prevention and treatment program run at Forest Houses in collaboration with The South Bronx Health Center For Children and Families, a program of The Children’s Health Fund and The Children’s Hospital of Montefiore.