Healthy Communities

Goal: Create a healthy, safe and livable community by making it easier to access nutritious food and active living opportunities for all residents, especially youth.

A Catalyst For A Healthy, Active Community

As a Medical Campus, we understand our responsibility to be a leader in promoting healthy, active living in our community. While people primarily think of this as a place to treat illness, we are actively engaged in creating a culture of health and wellness on our Campus and throughout our community.

The BNMC works in the areas of public policy, infrastructure, and in activities that engage people and change behaviors to improve health. Using our MutualCity methodology, the BNMC has attracted funding and expertise allowing us to invest in strategies to encourage healthier lifestyles for the benefit of Campus employees and local residents.

Highlights of BNMC's work in Healthy Communities include
  • BNMC implemented GO BNMC, a movement designed to help promote alternative transportation options that improve health and the environment.
  • We received a five-year Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant from the NYS Department of Health to create healthier workplaces and increases access to healthy affordable foods in underserved communities in the city of Buffalo.
  • In 2018, we received a three-year, $351K grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to enhance local food procurement efforts in health care institutions.  BNMC Fresh: Farm to Hospital Implementation is an outcome of a USDA $25,000 planning grant we received in 2017 under its Local Food Promotion Program, in partnership with Healthcare without Harm, Field & Fork Network and Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY.
  • Collaborated with the Buffalo Public Schools and others to create a Farm-to-School and Harvest of-the-Month program, funded by the USDA, to provide healthy, locally-sourced school lunch options for students.
  • Supported by the NYS Department of Health, we collaborated with local partners to address the issue of urban food deserts by developing more healthy food options through the Healthy Corner Store initiative.
  • BNMC was instrumental in forming HYPE (Healthy Youth, Positive Energy), made up of middle and high school students in Buffalo dedicated to creating a healthier city.
  • We host Summer of Wellness that includes events and activities to keep employees healthy, active and involved in the community all summer long.
  • We helped create the Moot Senior Community Center community garden in the Fruit Belt to provide an outdoor recreational activity for seniors, and to make fresh produce accessible to residents. The BNMC also worked with the Massachusetts Avenue Project to set up a weekly mobile farmers market there for local residents.


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