‘Harvest for Health’ Feted With Prestigious Harvest Award at Glynwood Gala

Honor Bestowed for Innovation and Leadership in Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

Sep 23, 2015


Two men and a woman posing for a photo

(left to right) John C. Federspiel, President of NYP/HVH; Kathleen Frith CEO of Glynwood; Chef Peter X. Kelly of the Xavier Group

New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s Harvest for Health program has long been respected for its commitment to ensuring "health through food."

Most recently, the Harvest for Health program was honored at the 12th annual Glynwood Harvest Award.

The Harvest Award recognizes successes that develop when a regional food system is reinvigorated. It also seeks to inspire others to seek similar results in their local communities. It was presented during Glynwood’s annual Farm Dance Gala on September 12 in Cold Spring, N.Y.

Harvest for Health, spearheaded by John Federspiel, president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, ensures that nutrition is incorporated into the care plans of every patient. The program’s highlights include:

  • Healthy cooking classes offered by New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital
  • An organic gardening program and bi-monthly Farmers’ Market on site
  • A "Young Chefs" program to partner with local pediatricians to educate youth at risk of obesity-related health challenges.
  • The Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen, which promotes nutrition by offering cooking classes to patients and community members.

"On behalf of the Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen and the entire Harvest for Health team, we are proud to receive the prestigious Harvest Award from Glynwood," Mr. Federspiel said. "It has been our mission to offer the Hudson Valley community effective resources to address chronic disease through improving access to healthy foods, cooking classes and an overall focus upon the importance of good nutrition."

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital

Founded in 1889 by the Helping Hand Association, NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, located in Cortlandt Manor, New York, serves residents of the Hudson Valley and Westchester County. The 128-bed facility provides a wide range of ambulatory care and inpatient services, with 350 physicians on staff in 43 specialties. The hospital is home to the region’s only state-of-the-art, 24-hour "no wait" emergency department, which sees more than 39,000 visits per year. As the first in the region to achieve Magnet status in recognition of the commitment to excellence, nursing innovation and outstanding quality treatment, the hospital continues to lead the way in ensuring exceptional patient care. In 2011, the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center opened, offering the first comprehensive cancer center in the area, combining infusion, radiation therapy and support services all under one roof. NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital has received a string of national awards for patient and employee satisfaction as well as clinical excellence, including the 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey for scoring higher than 95 percent of hospitals in the country in key quality metrics. For more information, visit www.nyp.org/hudsonvalley or call 914-737-9000.