Though she is quite possibly the most famous Latina around the world, Jennifer Lopez says she’ll always be Jenny from the block– This is not talk, this is real action, she is partnering with borough medical giant Montefiore to help Bronx children.
The iconic superstar said her personal history made the Center for a Healthy Childhood — her action to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program — a natural fit.
“My roots are in the Bronx,” said Lopez, 44, a product of Castle Hill. “It was natural to join forces with Montefiore. We’re looking forward to expanding the efforts underway in the borough where I grew up.” Said Lopez
Jennifer and Lynda visit with mothers in Montefiore’s “Healthy Steps” program
The New York City borough of the Bronx currently ranks dead last among the state’s 62 counties in overall health outcomes.
A large segment of the Bronx population, particularly children – with staggering rates of asthma, diabetes and teen pregnancy according to city reports and the Bronx-Lebanon hospital center.
Her Lopez Family Foundation will work with Montefiore to launch nutrition and physical activity programs that target women and children and promote healthy living.
“Through this partnership, we know we can make a big difference to improve the health and well-being of families in the Bronx,” said Lynda Lopez, who co-founded the foundation with her famous sister.
“We are so pleased to work with Jennifer and her Foundation to impact real change for people living in the Bronx and the surrounding region,” said Dr. Steven M. Safyer, Montefiore’s president and CEO.
Take that Edward James Olmos!