An HCS 2009 Production
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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,

Population, etc.

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

receive help.

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…

Brandon Burton



Nutrition Group 2009

Dr. Sat and HCS Staff

The Audience For Listening!


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