Community Greens

People of color, culture, health & fitness


I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this would be on it!

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Filed under: Bicycling, Community Green, Cycling, Events, Fttness,

Urban Spartan

So, yesterday I started the Spartan Life. That’s what I am calling my next chapter. You already know my health has forced me to swing towards better eating. Not that I was ever a fried food and gravy type, but there was and is always better. 

Michael Taylor introduced me to  TeamSpartanSpades in the Bronx and, if the creek don’t rise, I’ll do my first Spartan Race next year. In the mean time, I want to get my giddy-up on and build basic run miles. Look for future Spartan posts.

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Filed under: African-American, Afroticity, Black Men, Blacks, Bronx, Community Green, Fttness, Healthy Living, It Takes A Village, The Fit Chick, , ,

Fuel Your Next Workout

What do you need to get you through your next workout? Failing to eat before you exercise can result in dizziness, nausea, and make you more prone to injury. Be thoughtful about what you eat before exercising to stay energized and maximize the workout. What foods are best to eat a couple of hours before you hit the gym? Here are the recommendations.

Bananas: The sugar in bananas enters the blood stream quickly which means it fuels you faster. Bananas are easy on the stomach, too. They are a great source of potassium and eating one pre-workout reduces your chance of getting muscle cramps afterwards. Bananas also replenish the electrolytes you lose from sweat.

Coffee: I rely on my cup of coffee for an energy boost. Coffee can help you at the gym, too. Coffee improves endurance and strengthens your legwork. The caffeine boost may also help you enjoy your workout more. Go easy on the milk to avoid stomach cramps or indigestion. Tea works, too.

Water: Make sure you adequately hydrate before and after your workouts, but don’t drink too much. Too much water can make you lightheaded and cause nausea.  If you’re not sure what’s “too much,” drink when you’re thirsty rather than over hydrate.

Maple Syrup/Molasses: A tablespoon of maple syrup or molassas gives you boost of carbs with a bonus of 24 different antioxidants. Make sure that you’re using real maple syrup or substitute molasses which will give you a little more nutrients. Add some to oatmeal with some nuts and eat a couple hours before your workout.

Beet Juice: People who drank beet juice for 15 consecutive days showed increased exercise endurance. Beet’s natural nitrates dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. That brings more oxygen to muscles, which eases the burden on the heart. Celery, arugula, and spinach also have high nitrate concentration.

Yogurt: Eat yogurt about a couple of hours before your workout. It has roughly three grams of protein for every carbohydrate and is a good pre-exercise source of energy. The protein will have been absorbed into the small intestine by the time you complete your reps helping you repair and build muscle. Add fresh or dried fruit or granola for extra energy.

Rice: Though it’s not your best choice for nutrients, rice provides a dose of carbohydrates. Brown or wild rice also adds fiber but be careful. The fiber may cause stomach-cramps. Add berries, peanut butter, honey or molasses to make nutrient-dense balls and a pinch of salt for electrolytes

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Mile Style At The Point

Bronx Based Run Crew
Runs Wednesdays at 7 pm

The Bronx By The Bronx

The Point
940 Garrison Avenue

Mile Style & The POINT join forces to help activate the BX community. Working to make the Bronx healthier & stronger, one mile at a time.

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Healthier Lifestyle Workouts

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Inter-generational Workouts
Frederick Douglass Center
885 Columbus Avenue (Btwn 103/104th Street)
6:45 – 8:00p.m.
212 865 – 6337

October 2019
Monday 7th……….……….…Aerobics/Abs
Wednesday 9th.……………..Yoga/Pilates/Abs
Monday 14th>………….….… No Session
Wednesday 16th …………… Cross Training/Abs
Monday 21th..……….……….Stations/Abs
Wednesday 23rd.…………..Yoga/Pilates/Abs
Monday 28th ………………..Aerobics/Abs
Wednesday 30th.…………..Cross Training/Abs

Instructor: Kelsey Stevens 
Center Director: Amy Hyman

The November schedule will be disseminated at the last session of this month.

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Community Greens


It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view. - Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

Bronx Park Speakup

Lehman CollegeFebruary 29th, 2020
The big day is here.

Bissel Volunteer Days

See you in the Spring!March 15th, 2020
Every Sunday 10-2pm Rains Cancels

GreenThumb Grow Together

April 4th, 2020
CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

The Green Fit Chick

Rinse Beans to Reduce Sodium

Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40%. But taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit. The reduced-sodium beans are ready to use in any favorite recipe.

Longer Life

According to new research 1. not smoking, 2. limiting your alcohol intake, 3. staying active, 4. maintaining a healthy weight, and 5. eating nutritious foods could not only extend your life, but improve the quality of it.


Planks are one of the most effective exercises because they require a small time investment and offer substantial results in a relatively short time. Make plank exercises part of your regular routine.

Ripped Vs Buff

Buff is well built, strong, and muscular but not necessarily big while ripped body is more defined and more pronounced muscles. Athletes are are buff while bodybuilders are ripped.

Cog Blogging

Bronx Fixed is Back! - BxFxd

Bike Positions

A riders determines how s/he wants to ride a bike and what type of bike they will use. Bikes, therefore, come in different configurations and geometries to suit individual riders. Different body positions suit each bike, such as 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and so on.

Community Greens Consulting

Rover Rollover

Dog Crates

Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

Mat Training

Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

Rude Dog Owners

Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.



APRIL 22, 2020


Handstands & Other Feats

In a world full of
little people I admit
I am minuscule. – Tiny

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“Even though this planet is round, there are just too many spots where you can find yourself hanging onto the edge, unless there’s some space, some place to take a breather for a while.” –Gloria Naylor

All Of Us Research Program

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In Our Prayers

It is with regret I have been informed of the recent passing of the mother of Bernard Myers.  I do not have any funeral arrangements as yet. I will forward them when and if received. Please keep Bernard and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. Susan Christian – Secretary, NYCGBOA

Fried Chicken & Philosophy


The Butterfly Project


Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained rinsed white beans into tomato soup. Or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup.