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NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Presents: TWIST & SPROUT! Sowing the Seeds of Good Health at Queens Botanical Garden


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NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Presents:
Sowing the Seeds of Good Health at Queens Botanical Garden


QUEENS, NY (June 12, 2017) — On Sunday, hundreds of Queens families joined staff from NewYork-Presbyterian Queens for TWIST & SPROUT!—a fun and educational afternoon at Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. The event was inspired by the pediatric residents from Weill Cornell Medicine during their training in community pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. The residents took a lead role in organizing and shaping the afternoon's programming, and were on hand to engage with the community and offer health tips.

“This was a great opportunity for Queens residents to learn more about health and the benefits of an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Laurie Gordon, director, pediatric inpatient unit, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. “As pediatricians, sometimes we only see children when there is a health problem, and this was a perfect way to connect to the community outside of the hospital. Our dedicated pediatric team and the wonderful staff at Queens Botanical Garden offered tips and advice that can lead to a healthier lifestyle, and we hope that the families who attended can put those to good use, and have a wonderful and active summer.”

“NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is the perfect partner for an event geared towards health and wellness,” said Susan Lacerte, executive director, Queens Botanical Garden. We love teaching local residents about leading a healthful life, including getting outdoors, enjoying nature, and growing and preparing their own nutritious foods.”

TWIST & SPROUT! also featured entertainment and fun for the whole family, including cooking demonstrations, family workouts and the opportunity to interact with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens’ doctors, nurses and staff. Queens Botanical Garden staff planted herbs with kids and introduced them to fruit and vegetable crafts.

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens’ leadership team at the event included hospital President Jaclyn Mucaria, Chief Operating Officer Robert T. Blenderman, Dr. Joseph J. Abularrage, department of pediatrics chairman, Dr. Laurie Gordon, director of the pediatric inpatient unit, and Dr. Gopi Desai, attending pediatrician. They were joined by Susan Lacerte, executive director and Regina Minerva, public programs and visitor services manager, Queens Botanical Garden.

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, located in Flushing, New York, is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, serving Queens and metro New York residents. The 535-bed tertiary care facility provides services in 14 clinical departments and numerous subspecialties.  Annually, 15,000 surgeries and 4,000 infant deliveries are performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. With its network of affiliated primary and multispecialty care physician practices and community-based health centers, the hospital provides approximately 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency service visits annually. For more information, visit nyp.org/queens  

Queens Botanical Garden
QBG is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and real-world applications of environmental stewardship. QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.


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