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Greater Fall River 
Health Update
February 1, 2017

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Volunteers and others interested in supporting the new Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Trail were invited to an organizational meeting of the "Friends of the Quequechan River Rail Trail" in the Government Center Hearing Room on January 30, 2017. Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julie Kelly welcomed about two dozen people who attended the ninety-minute session to be updated on the current status of the Trail and to offer suggestions about how they and others can continue to maintain and improve this wonderful resource. The Trail is part of a larger effort by Mass in Motion Fall River to introduce people to the new Trail and the adjoining Britland Park as a way of improving their overall health. The Trail consists of a bicycle and walking path that runs over a former railroad bed to connect with Britland Park and Rodman Street. The Trail will eventually open up nearly two miles of a natural habitat right in the middle of some of the lowest income sections of the City. Click here for a 93 -minute video of the meeting and here for more photos and text.
The second week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 110 participants to General Fitness on January 28, 2017. Participants could choose between Zumba led by Deb Kosion and spinning led by Lynette Gomes. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by Cat Studio,  Fitness Fusion, Tabi's Transformations, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, Salt Fitness Cafe, TKO Fitness, Vitality Fitness and both them Swansea and the Fall River YMCA. The Challenge offers low cost opportunities for those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Fall River Area. Registration is open through the end of January. Click here for a ten-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.
Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed presented on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" to 25 participants in the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge on January 28th in the Kuss Middle School Community Room.. Dr. Weed outlined why permanent weight loss and improved cardiovascular health can be best achieved by reducing dietary carbohydrates and increasing fat. Dr. Weed began the session by showing a 20-minute video on the subject that he produced four years ago, and then continued the discussion by talking about food choices that do not have high amounts of carbohydrates. Click here for a 52-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
Over two hundred police, human service organization representatives and staff from the Bristol County Office of the District Attorney and local law enforcement and courts gathered on January 27 2017 at the Venus deMilo Restaurant for the sixth annual legislative breakfast for the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bristol County. Executive Director Michelle Loranger recognized Linda Pereira and Anne Parson Marchand who recently retired after giving years of service on behalf of children's advocacy. Senator Marc Pacheco recognized Detective Lt. Jim Coelho for his 38 years of service with the Taunton Police Department. Ms. Loranger introduced Mass. Department of Children and Families Commissioner Linda S. Spears and Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Mass. Disabled Persons Protection Commission who each spoke. The program ended as Ms. Loranger welcomed Charlotte LeBelle and her daughter Megan Hsia who shared their experiences as victims of abuse ten years ago. Click here for a 90-minute  video & here for more photos.
The Resiliency Preparatory Academy (RPA) opened a new Community Engagement Center operated by People Incorporated on January 27, 2017. The goal of the Center is to help students identify a career path, receive training in that area, earn high school credits, and reach academic and personal success. Students will receive training for Certified Nursing Assistants, support professionals, culinary arts and pre-apprentice construction trades. "Today we unveil a center that will excel at giving students a fresh start," stated Principal Magdalana Reis. "The Resiliency Preparatory Academy aims to create new steps that will benefit students, families and the community in the long term," she added. Following her remarks, Following remarks by Mayor Correia, School Superintendent Matthew Malone described his vision for the Academy as well as the entire School System. Terry Romanovitch offered her remarks, and the program concluded with a statement by RPS Senior Elliot Cortes. Click here for a 38-minute video of the event and .here for more photos and text.
As part of the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo of the Southcoast Health Diabetes Management Program  came to the Fall River YMCA on January 25, 2017 and spoke to a group about how to either prevent or manage diabetes by reducing dietary carbohydrates and increasing fat. Ms. Raposo, who has been successfully recommending low-carb high-fat diets for the patients she treats that include food choices that do not have high amounts of carbohydrates but that contain healthy fats. People in the group talked about some of the challenges they have in managing their diabetes and Ms. Raposo gave them suggestions that they could follow to keep the amounts of carbohydrates they eat low to keep from increasing their blood sugar levels. Click here for a 25-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
A group of people from area faith communities, businesses, and community agencies were invited to participate in a Community Conversation at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Fall River on January 22, 2017, two days after the Presidential Inauguration. The event was planned by a small group of local clergy and coordinated by United Neighbors of Fall River Executive Director Wendy Garf-Lipp, Partners for a Healthier Community Executive Director Dr. David Weed. Beau Stubblefield-Tave of the Center for Culturally Fluent Leadership was invited to facilitate the discussion that used a World Cafe Method to encourage respectful and civil conversation, particularly in response to the recent political campaign and election. "The two hours together generated lots of ideas that we can use in the Greater Fall River community to foster healthy dialogue an respond to future events," commended Dr. Weed. Click here for a two-and-a-half-minute video and here for more photos and text.
The first week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 138 participants to the Kuss Middle School on January 21, 2017. Led by Greg Medeiros of Fitness Fusion, both veteran "Challengers" and first-timers participants got moving and stretching, many for the first time in the New Year. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by Cat Studio,  Fitness Fusion, Tabi's Transformations, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, Salt Fitness Cafe, TKO Fitness, Vitality Fitness and both them Swansea and the Fall River YMCA. The Challenge offers low cost opportunities for those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Fall River Area. Registration is open through the end of January. Click here for a twelve-minute video and here for more photos and text
Using information that has supported its approach to reducing obesity, Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed presented on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" to over forty participants in the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. Dr. Weed outlined why permanent weight loss and improved cardiovascular health can be best achieved by reducing dietary carbohydrates and increasing fat. "Partners recommends whole foods with natural fats through its guidelines, a 20-minute video on the subject, and efforts to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages ," he stated following the presentation. During presentation, Dr. Weed introduced Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo who has been successfully recommending low-carb high-fat diets for the patients she treats that include food choices that do not have high amounts of carbohydrates. Click here for a 28-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
An amazing 140 parents and students came to the Tansey Elementary School on January 20, 2017 for a Family Fun Night organized by Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard. The program engages both adults and children in some healthy movement while learning about nutrition and a range of community resources that they can access to maintain or improve their health. Participants learned about nutrition with Saint Anne's Hospital nurse Rose Couto and were led in some healthy movement by Fitness Leader Mike Ramos. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of twenty-one agencies along with Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Sugar-Free Challenge. Click here for a 28-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
Seniors at the North End Senior Center heard Partners for a Healthier Community Executive Director Dr. David Weed give a 45-minute presentation on low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets for both weight loss and resolution of diabetes on January 19, 2017. Dr. Weed gave the short version of his usual 60-minute talk on the subject so that those in attendance could learn why eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes and sugar-sweetened beverages and desserts can help to normalize blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Dr. Weed's presentation is based on over ten years of research that largely contradicts what most people have learned about healthy diets. "What we've been told about the health effects of dietary fat and not been told about the effects of sugar and refined grains has resulted in forty years of increased weight gain and metabolic disorders in America and around the world," stated Dr. Weed,Click here for a 44-minute video and here for more photos and text.
Three women kicked off a new "Walk to Spring" series of ten walks, one a week at noon on every Tuesday from January 17th to March 21st, 2017 on the scenic Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail. "The idea is to keep people walking throughout the winter," commented Fall River Mass In Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly. "People forget that there are many very walkable days during the winter months, but only by getting out do people discover how enjoyable it can be. And what can be more enjoyable that the beauty that the Rail Trail offers walkers?", she added. The group meets at noon in the Wordell Street parking lot behind the Fall River Police Station before heading to the trail. The total distance is 1.7 miles to the current end of the Trail, but walkers can turn back at any point that they feel comfortable. The walks are cancelled only for serious snow or heavy rain. People with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes or diabetes especially benefit from daily exercise. Click here to see a two-minute video of the walk and here for more photos and text.
Staff from the UMass Extension SNAP-ED Program in Raynham came to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office at the HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River on January 10, 2017 to videotape a series of healthy and low-cost  recipes that will be featured on a new website that is designed to be accessed on smart phones. The crew showed how to cook each of eight recipes while Steve Rys of Fall River Community Media recorded each of the steps. The video will be edited into brief shows that will be featured on a new web site. Throughout Southeast MA, seven SNAP-ED nutrition educators provide classroom education for children in elementary and middle schools in Brockton, Randolph, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton. In addition, this same staff provides nutrition education programs to families and parents, students in after school and summer school programs, and food demonstrations at farmers' markets. Click here for the video series and accompanying recipes and .here for more photos and text.
MassRIDES Outreach Coordinator Samantha Devin presented at the January 9, 2017 Community Partnership meeting on NuRide, a MassRlDES' online tool that helps commuters find carpool matches and provides rewards for greener trips. NuRide can help commuters find people that live and work near them and are interested in sharing the ride. People can sign up for NuRide and begin logging to accrue points towards great rewards! Those who take commuter rail to work or bike to a friend's house can accrue points good towards restaurant coupons and discounts from local and national retailers. NuRide also provides measurements to calculate the money saved,  the number of drive-alone trips reduced and the positive environmental impact. Representatives of local human service organizations attend the every-other-month Community Partnership meeting at St. Vincent's  organized by United Neighbors of Fall River. Click here for a ten-minute video and here for more photos.

 

 

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