An HCS 2009 Production
By: Ada Alozie, Rosa J. Sanchez, Ashley Dawkins, Decland Paul-Roper
Nutrition: The science or study that deals with food
and nourishment. The proper intake of vitamins and
nutrients for the human body.
This year our Nutrition group was to learn about how
Nutrition is important to us, and if it varies in different
areas depending on factors such as, Income, Education,
Our group was given the borough of The Bronx, we
were to visit a number of sites during these eight
weeks, and we were to analyze The Bronx as a whole.
As of 2008, there were 1,391,903 people
residing in the Bronx
The three majority of races include Caucasians,
African-Americans and Hispanics.
Hispanics have the highest percentage in the
county, with 51.7%.
The increase in population means there
becomes an increase in the need for food,
housing, healthcare, etc.
This is all possible with the acquisition of
Income is the general cash flow received from
working over a period of time.
The average income for a household is $27,611,
in comparison to a family home, which is
The Bronx is divided into multiple areas with
its own respectable income based upon the
characteristics of its surrounding area.
Does income not only effect nutrition, but
overall life decisions?
We believe that people are influenced by
factors such as advertising, culture and family
habits. Their willingness to spend money or go
the extra mile is the reason for poor or proper
Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat. To
determine if someone is obese, you calculate
their Body Mass Index, from a scale of 18.5 to
40 and above.
If you are in the range between 30.0 and 34.9
you are defined as obese. And if 40.0 and above
you are defined morbidly obese.
62% of the Bronx’s population is either
overweight or obese.
The quickest outlet for obesity is from the
consumption of fatty foods.
In one meal at McDonalds is 1,000 calories.
Yet that so many people live a fast lifestyle,
they continue to consume fast food.
These days with the acquisition of the “Dollar
Menu”. People consume large quantities of
calories at an inexpensive.
For families who eat on a budget, the “Dollar
Menu” is a good, inexpensive choice.
Exercising persistently can reduce your risk of
obesity and other health related risks such as
heart attack, stroke and gallbladder disease.
Walking long distances, or riding your bicycle
for a couple minutes, not only burns calories
but keeps you active.
Some people spend money on a new pair of
sneakers, when they could be subscribing to a
membership at a local gym.
Healthcare is medical service provided to
prevent, manage and treat disease.
28% of Bronx residents do not have healthcare,
which means, they cannot receive aid, and in
an emergency must fill out paperwork to
Diseases such as obesity and diabetes cannot be
treated just by one’s immune system,
sometimes they require medical assistance.
With healthcare, surgical procedures are
reduced, and prescription medicines are
provided for the improvement of the patient.
Some residents believe they do not need health
insurance, but those who do have seen vast
improvement and have adjusted their
Exchanging a snack from a bag of chips to a
bag of granola go a long way!
During our time with our mentors, we visited a
number of locations in the Bronx.
When arriving at the location we were
designated and assigned to analyze things such
as the people, any local recreational centers
(parks, gyms, playgrounds), schools, etc.
When then visited either a local supermarket,
corner store or Farmer’s Market. Afterwards
we discussed and concluded our results.
Diverse Area, Many Corner Stores, Multiple
Restaurants w/ different cultures, Many
Apartments, Local Park and High School.
The area seemed to be of low income, with many
people seeming to be overweight or obese.
Our group proceeded to go to a Western Beef
Supermarket located a few blocks from 174 th St.
Own frozen meats sections, staff of butchers
wearing gloves at all times, person over audio
system, healthy products placed on shelves
above/below eye level.
Conclusions: Even though the area seemed to
be of low income, they still have a high quality
supermarket, with reasonable prices.
Observations: Highly populated area, majority
Hispanic people, many shopping outlets and
fast food restaurants, many women w/
families, many projects w/graffiti.
Conclusions: The area was of a low income and
had an overall look of poverty. The area had an
appearance of being unwanted, with a number
of overweight and obese people.
During that day, there was a Farmers Market
located right next to Poe Park on Grand
Observations: The owners of the Farmers
Market were Spanish and spoke both Spanish
and English, there was a variety of food but
more of Mexican culture (Tomatillo and
Jalapeno peppers, herbs and ingredients), the
prices were very cheap.
Conclusions: Unlike Southern Blvd, this area
was more populated with Hispanic people and
the area was more oriented for Hispanic
people. But also like Southern Blvd it seemed
to be of a low income area.
In conclusion, our hypothesis was correct, each
part of the Bronx had its components of a high,
medium and low income.
And depending and how many people reside
in an area and what choices they make, income
may adjust to the needs of the people.
We would like to thank…
Nutrition Group 2009
Dr. Sat and HCS Staff
The Audience For Listening!