Harvest for Health

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harvest for health

As part of the NewYork-Presbyterian health system, the hospital is aligned with the entire organization’s “patient-centric” mission, which goes beyond a specific diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. Through numerous programs, cooking classes, and community outreach activities, including physician lectures and participation in local health fairs, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is dedicated to contributing to the community’s wellness by emphasizing healthful eating as a way to prevent chronic disease and promote health. The outreach includes all ages, from school children to seniors.

Over five years ago, the hospital began a “Harvest for Health” initiative and it has since grown and strengthened to include:

  • Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen
    The Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, named for the famed Hudson Valley chef and restaurateur, on the hospital campus, at 1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. Each month a variety of innovative programs and cooking classes are held here.
  • Organic Healing Garden
    An on-site organic garden originally developed with direction from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a non-profit farm and education center located in Pocantico Hills. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital built and designed an organic garden of herbs and vegetables used to educate and nourish cancer patients as well as serve as a place of relaxation and contemplation.
  • farmers market
    A bimonthly Farmers Market is held May through November in the hospital at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. Offered are fresh produce, grass-fed beef, artisan-baked breads, desserts, and gift items.
  • A locally sourced food service, Cura Hospitality, offering delicious, healthful meals for patient therapeutic care, as well as employees and visitors. Collaborating with Cura chefs are the hospital’s registered dietitians, nutritional experts who are nationally accredited and have completed extensive education in the scientific principles of nutrition.
  • physician in the kitchen

    Chef Emilie Berner and Dr. James Trapasso, Medical Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group, present a “Physician in the Kitchen” program on eating healthy to combat heart disease.

    Unique programs to increase education about managing health through diet and lifestyle changes, which also provide more tools and resources. They include the “Healthy Heart Program,” “Physician in the Kitchen,” the “Young Chefs” program and “Integrative Therapies Program” among others. Click here to learn more.


To learn more about the hospital’s Harvest for Health Initiative, call 914-734-3780. Visit the calendar for information about classes.

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