Bee-keeping initiative at SBH Health and Wellness looks to bring healthier lifestyle options to the Bronx

Over 150 pounds of Bronx-made honey was collected by beekeepers at the SBH Health and Wellness Center in Tremont, as part of a new program with St. Barnabas Hospital.

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2020, 3:56 PM

Updated 1,368 days ago

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Over 150 pounds of Bronx-made honey was collected by beekeepers at the SBH Health and Wellness Center in Tremont, as part of a new program with St. Barnabas Hospital.
Bee-haven is creating locally sourced honey from the Bronx on the rooftop of SBH Health and Wellness Center.
"We've already gotten about 150 pounds of honey off of these four beehives," says Eric Hanan, a beekeeper at Bee-Haven.
The bee-keeping initiative is all a part of the larger program to bring healthier lifestyle and options to the Bronx.
"It's an innovative project that's mission is to transform the health of the Bronx. The Bronx usually finishes in 62nd, in last place, when it comes to health outcomes. So, this is really a project where we're trying to keep people healthy as opposed to just helping them when they get sick,” says Steven Clark, director of marketing/communications at SBH Health System.
The new SBH Health and Wellness Center has a rooftop farm that will get harvested in the fall, as well as a medical center, a teaching kitchen, urgent care center and a children's and women's health center.
"The Bronx is often looked upon as a food desert. It's hard to find fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and people don't have a place where they can safely exercise," says Clark.
This season's honey will provide a healthy and natural option for people in the community.


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