Bringing Healthy Vegetables And Enhancing Wellness Education To The Greater
(Back to front, left to right) Marc E. Berson, Chair, Board of Trustees,
NBIMC and CHoNJ, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health; Rev.
Marilyn M. Harris, Newly Appointed Vice President of Community Relations,
NBIMC and CHoNJ; Thomas A. Biga, President, Northern Region, RWJBarnabas
Health; Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker; Tai Cooper, Chief Policy Advisor,
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; Stephen K. Jones, Chief Academic Officer, RWJBarnabas
Health; Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJ
Barnabas Health; Barbara Mintz, Vice President, Healthy Living and Community
Engagement, RWJBarnabas Health; Lorraine Gibbons, Owner, Garden State
Urban Farms; Reverend William Christian; and Darrell K. Terry, President
and Chief Executive Officer, NBIMC and CHoNJ.
Newark, NJ, May 27, 2016 – Despite a forecast for rain, the sun peaked through the clouds just in
time for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of The Beth Greenhouse
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey (CHoNJ), RWJBarnabas Health facilities located on Lyons
Avenue in Newark.
The Beth Greenhouse, located adjacent to NBIMC and CHoNJ, takes the traditional
urban garden to the next level by both teaching individuals how to live
a healthy lifestyle and providing them with affordable healthy food options.
It is part of a comprehensive wellness and prevention program based out
of NBIMC and CHoNJ that began in 2011 with the introduction of The Beth
Garden – an indoor farmers market that grew into a working farm
located on an empty lot owned by NBIMC.
An overhead view of the interior of The Beth Greenhouse, showcasing many
of the greens currently growing. The 72 by 26 foot structure will yield
approximately 10,000 pounds of food annually.
The Beth Garden produced 5,000 pounds of organic vegetables, fruits and
herbs, and gave Newark affordable organic produce, as well as nutrition
education though hands-on farming, nutrition analysis, recipes and more.
Now, using hydroponics to provide water and nutrients to increase productivity,
The Beth Greenhouse, which is next to the medical center, facilitates
the growth of food for 12 months per year, increasing food production
to 10,000 pounds annually.
“I am so proud of this innovative endeavor,” said Barry H.
Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health.
“Not only does The Beth Greenhouse provide healthy food, but all
important nutrition education. It also helps to create opportunities for
job training and employment for members of our community who might not
otherwise have the opportunity.”
The Beth Greenhouse at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health facilities located on Lyons
Avenue in Newark.
The Beth Greenhouse is part of a three-pronged wellness programs approach
at NBIMC and CHoNJ developed by Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Vice President
of Health Living and Community Engagement for RWJBarnabas Health.
The two other programs, KidsFit – which addresses the treatment and
prevention of obesity to kids through a school based curriculum that has
reached 4,000+ children, parents and teachers – and The Beth Challenge
– a successful weight loss and fitness program that has contributed
to more than 20,000 pounds lost by all participants and a BMI and/or blood
pressure and cholesterol level reduction of at least 70% – combine
with the efforts through The Beth Greenhouse to serve as a living, breathing
model for improving the health of our population. Luminaries such as Sen.
Cory Booker (D- NJ) and First Lady Michelle Obama visited so that they
could experience first-hand and recognize the innovative work being done
to promote a healthy lifestyle in an urban setting.
“The Beth Greenhouse will offer nutrition education and fresh produce
to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and offer opportunities for our
community,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President
and Chief Executive Officer for NBIMC and CHoNJ, during his welcoming
remarks at the ribbon cutting. “I share in today’s excitement
and look forward to the continued growth of The Beth’s wellness
Mr. Ostrowsky added, “As a health care system, we must be leaders
in connecting to our communities in a socially responsible way. The Beth
Greenhouse is a powerful and pioneering first step in integrated and holistic
For more information about The Beth Greenhouse, including volunteer opportunities,
health and wellness activities, internships and job training, visit
barnabashealth.org/bethgreenhouse or call 973-926-7381.
Contact: Carrie Cristello,