Catalyst Cares combats obesity among NYC youth through the Healthy Retail Task Force & Let's Move! Brooklyn www.letsmovebrooklyn.org.
Catalyst Cares is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes social mobility through anti-obesity initiatives that improve health outcomes in underserved and vulnerable New York City communities. Catalyst Cares employs a collaborative model that leverages the expertise and resources of key community stakeholders to simultaneously improve the supply and demand for affordable fresh and healthy foods, while decreasing the community obesity rate through innovative and fun nutrition and health education and physical activity initiatives.
The initiative’s convening organizations (Catalyst Cares and Restoration Corporation) are working together to erase the food desert status, and decrease the obesity rate in Central Brooklyn by 3 percentage points in 3 years.
In less than 18 months, the organization and its partners have identified 4 full-scale supermarkets in Central Brooklyn, which if successfully opened, would completely erase the food desert status for these inner city communities. We need your financial support to make this happen!
Launched two years ago, Catalyst Cares has made impressive strides toward improving health outcomes in food desert communities. In 2011, we assembled a community-based, multi-disciplinary steering committee to create an anti-obesity strategic plan that is currently underway. At present, our two major initiatives are: