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Greater Fall River 
Health Update
April 1, 2017

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The BCC Holocaust Center presented a program entitled "Crimes Against Humanity: Native American Genocide" in the Jackson Arts Center Auditorium on March 31, 2017 as part of its spring series. "Today we're going to be talking about a genocide that people don't think about that extended over a long period of time in our country's history," stated  BCC Holocaust Center Director Ron Weisburger. He then introduced Columbia University History Professor Dr. Karl Jacoby who gave an hour lecture entitled "A History of Violence, The Violence of History: Native American Genocide." His talk was followed by a panel composed of four local Native Americans, Mashantucket Pequot and Wampanoag tribal member Tall Oak Weeden, Aquinnah Wampanoag member Linda Coombs, Niantic Narragansett member Loren Spears, and Shinnecok and Montauk member Sheena Lee. Click here for a one-hour video of Dr. Jacoby's talk and here for a 90-minute video of the panel discussion and here for more photos and text.
Members and participants in the Social Capital Inc. organization celebrated the work of this year's volunteers at the 10th annual Social Capitalist Luncheon held at the Sheraton Boston on March 29, 2017 where funds were raised to continue efforts to connect for community impact. Following an introduction by emcee Daniel Miller of Channel FOX25, SCI President and Founder David Crowley gave some opening remarks before the AmeriCorps volunteer were introduced. Fall River SCI Volunteer Jay Wong was among the many volunteers from twenty communities across the Commonwealth. The City of Chelsea was given the Connect for Community Impact Award and David Shapiro. CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, received the SCI Idealist Award. Annually, the luncheon draws over 350 attendees, including community leaders, local business owners, and philanthropists from around the state. Click here for a 14-minute video and here for more photos and text.
The 19th Ounce of Prevention Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) took place at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 28, 2017. The event brought public health practitioners and advocates together for presentations and awards celebrating the work of leaders statewide. Associate Commissioner Lindsey Tucker introduced Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH who outlined the goals and methods the Department employs to address health across statewide policies. Heidi Klein of the Vermont Department of Public Health gave the keynote address, "An Introduction to Health in All Policies" before the Commissioner awarded the Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award to the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and the Commissioner's Leadership Award to Rosalie Girard of Berkshire Nursing Families. Following lunch, participants attended workshops covering a variety of topics. Click here for a 37-minute video of the Commissioner's remarks and award presentations, here for the Heidi Klein's keynote address,and here for more photos and text.
Over thirty students from B.M.C. Durfee High School and Bishop Connelly High School and a number of adult leaders attended the fourth of five sessions that are being provided to various groups of youth around the city to learn how to confront discrimination and prejudice in their own lives and the lives of their fellow students. Held on March 22, 2017 at the Fall River Boys and Girls Club the goal of the meeting was for everyone to understand the connection between oppression and violence, understand the significance of empathy in healthy community relations, understand how insensitive rhetoric can create tension in community relations, recognize the role of privilege and how to use privilege to be an anti-oppression ally.  The training is a project of United Neighbors of Fall River and Partners and was led by Social Capital Inc. AmeriCorps Jay Wong. Click here for more photos and text.
Families from Fall River with little access to transportation were invited by members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on North Main Street to watch a healthy cooking demonstration, get their hair cut and styled and give their children some healthy activity on March 27, 2017. Partners Community Outreach Manager Jack Shipley organized the event with the help of volunteers from the Church and transportation funding from a Vela Foundation grant. Nutritionist Kimberly Jones from the WIC Program, gave a step-by-step cooking demonstrations. Volunteers from Salon 812, Vanitay Salon and SpaGiselle Hair Studio and Flawless Cutz Barber Shop were also on hand to cut and style hair and staff from the HealthFirst Dental Program  and the WIC Program were also available. Click here for more photos and text describing the event.

The tenth week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 47 participants  to Kuss Middle School on March 25, 2017 for an hour workout led by Greg Medeiros of Fitness Fusion that included lots of repetitions designed to increase strength and flexibility. 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 the 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. Those who have registered by the end of January are eligible for cash prizes to be awarded at the Challenge Finale on April 21st. Click here for a sixteen-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.

Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed presented the last in a ten-week series on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" as part of  the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. The series is offered to Challenge participants who are attempting to lose weight in the Challenge through exercise, though research is clear that exercise is not a good for long-term weight loss. Low carbohydrate, high fat diets, on the other hand, have repeatedly been  demonstrated to lead to significant weight loss, especially when compared to low-fat, calorie-restricted approaches. In this session, Dr. Weed talks about the toxic effects of sugar on the liver and its effects on the development of Type 2 diabetes. Click here for a 31-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
Cycling advocates gathered for the 7th Annual Summit sponsored by the South Coast Bikeway Alliance, at Ft. Tabor on March 24, 2016. Alliance President Bob Espindola. introduced keynote speaker Colleen Abrams, co-founder of Wachusett Greenways, an all-volunteer non-profit group established in 1995 to connect the Wachusett community with trails and greenways. The group is building and maintaining thirty miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail through six towns in partnership with others. Colleen described the history of the project and took questions about how different aspects of the project have been funded. Mass In Motion Fall River Coordinator Julie Kelly was there with WalkFallRiver staff members Eric Andrade and Janice Velozo and members of Bike Fall River including retired city planner Al Lima, for whom the new Quequechan River Rail Trail has been named. Following Ms.Abrams' presentation, members were reminded to to participate in the South Coast Summer Bicycle ChallengeClick here for a video of the event and here for more photos.
The Amazon Fulfullment Center on Innovation Way in the Fall River Industrial Park held its grand opening event on March 24, 2017. General Manager Andrew Sweatman welcomed U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Governor Charlie Baker , Mayor Jasiel Correia II, Massachusetts Senator Michael Rodrigues, Massachusetts Representative Carole Fiola and many other local dignitaries to the half-hour welcoming before leading the Senators and Governor on a tour of the facility. The giant operation covers 1.3 million square feet and is the largest of Amazon's seventy fulfillment centers in the United States. The facility employs over one thousand workers who process over a million items a week on a twenty hour a day schedule. "I want to thank all of our associates here today", said Sweatman. "This business couldn't happen without all of our associates here and I want to take some time to recognize everything that they've done to build this business as it stands today." Click here for a thirty-five-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) a grant through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program to expand its Healthy Incentives Pilot into a Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) that will serve participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) statewide. The program will provide a 100 percent incentive – a dollar-for-dollar match – for each SNAP dollar spent on targeted fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. These incentives will be calculated and instantly applied to the SNAP recipient’s EBT card, and information on the incentive earned and SNAP account balance will be provided on the accompanying receipt. Maria Infante of Project BREAD presented on HIP at the UMass Extension SNAP-Ed Office in Raynham on March 20, 2017. Click here for a  video and here for more photos and text.
The City of Fall River held an Urban Forestry Workshop at Government Center on March 22, 2017, in an effort to provide information about the value and stewardship of the City's urban forest. The workshop was led by Liz McKinley of Davey Resource Group and included presentations by Mary Ann Wordell of the Fall River Street Tree Planting Program,  Andrew Hillman of the Davey Resource Group, and Chance Perks and Justin Ohlson of the New Bedford Urban Forestry Maintenance Program. Following lunch, workshops were held by Jason Veil on nursery care and forest pest planting by Nicole Keleher. Fall River maintains an active street tree planting program as well as a city urban tree farm. Click here for a ten-minute video of Liz McKinley introduction and talk about the benefits of trees. Click here for an eight-minute video of Mary Ann Wordell's remarks. Click here for a a 47-minute video of  Andy Hillman's presentation on diversification. Click here for a a 40-minute video of Justin Ohlson and Chance Perks' presentation of the New Bedford forestry maintenance program and here for more photos.
Dr. Julius Menn grew up in Poland and Palestine during the 1930s and 1940s. At the age of ten, he and his family were on an extended stay in Poland from Tel Aviv when the German army invaded in September 1939. After a year in Lithuania, the family returned to Palestine in October 1940. Mr. Menn came to Bristol Community College on March 23, 2017 to describe how his family narrowly escaped east to Lithuania by traveling through forests and fields, dodging hunger. Over 100 people were in attendance at the forum, the first in the spring series. The BCC Holocaust Center provides historical information, educational experiences, and multimedia resources to communicate the suffering, pain and deaths of innocent millions during  the Holocaust and other genocides. Click here for a 57-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
The fourth Family Fun Night of the new year took place at the Henry Lord Community School on March 21, 2017. Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomed 138 parents and children to participate in a program that engages them 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 were offered sessions on how to cook a quick and easy healthy dinner by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program and one on moving to music with Mike Ramos. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of 18 agencies and Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Sugar-Free Challenge. Click here for a 25-minute video and here for more photos and text.
The ninth week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 43 participants  to Kuss Middle School on March 18, 2017 for a 45-minute workout led by Luciana Reed and Britney Mello of Cat Studio. 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 the 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. Those who have registered by the end of January are eligible for cash prizes to be awarded at the Challenge Finale on April 21st. Click here for a fifteen-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.
Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed and Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo presented another session in the series on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" as part of  the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. The series is offered to Challenge participants who are attempting to lose weight in the Challenge through exercise, though research is clear that exercise is not a good for long-term weight loss. Low carbohydrate, high fat diets, on the other hand, have repeatedly been  demonstrated to lead to significant weight loss, especially when compared to low-fat, calorie-restricted approaches. In this session, Dr. Weed and Ms. Raposo talk  about the development of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and how both lowering carbohydrates and fasting can lead to the resolution of diabetes, often without medication. Click here for a 45-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
The third Family Fun Night of the new year took place at St. Michael School on March 9, 2017. Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard welcomed 173 parents and children to participate in a program that engages them 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 were offered sessions on healthier snacks and one on moving to music with Mike and Suzanne Ramos. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with representatives of a dozen agencies including the  Bristol County District Attorney's Office, DCF Foster Parenting, Family Service Association, Katie Brown Education Program, New York Life Insurance, People Incorporated, Road to Healing, Saint Anne' Hospital, Samaritans, Southcoast Health, WIC, and Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Soda-Free Challenge. Click here for a 23-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed gave a presentation on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" as part of Bristol Community College's new Live Well @ BCC staff wellness program. The project is part of the "Working on Wellness" collaboration between the College, the Mass. Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness. Dr. Weed spoke about how low carbohydrate, high fat diets have repeatedly been  demonstrated to lead to significant weight loss, especially when compared to low-fat, calorie-restricted approaches. He disputed the USDA Dietary Guideline recommendations of the past forty years that have led to a national crisis of overweight and diabetes and pointed to research that does not support an association between saturated fats and heart disease. Click here for a 58-minute video of the presentation recorded by Steve Rys of Fall River Community Media and here for more photos and text.
The eighth week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge brought 47 participants  to Kuss Middle School on March 11, 2017 for a one-hour workout led by Greg Medeiros of Fitness Fusion that featured a blend of cardio kickboxing, muscle tone and conditioning. 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 the Swansea YMCA 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. Those who have registered by the end of January are eligible for cash prizes to be awarded at the Challenge Finale on April 21st. Click here for a fifteen-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.
Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed and Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo presented another session in the series on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" as part of  the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. The series is offered to Challenge participants who are attempting to lose weight in the Challenge through exercise, though research is clear that exercise is not a good for long-term weight loss. Low carbohydrate, high fat diets, on the other hand, have repeatedly been  demonstrated to lead to significant weight loss, especially when compared to low-fat, calorie-restricted approaches. In this session, Dr. Weed and Ms. Raposo talk  about how fruit, and especially avocados, fit into a low-carb, high-fat diet, by explaining how fat storage works. Click here for a 48-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) a grant through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program to expand its Healthy Incentives Pilot into a Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) that will serve participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) statewide. The program will provide a 100 percent incentive – a dollar-for-dollar match – for each SNAP dollar spent on targeted fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. These incentives will be calculated and instantly applied to the SNAP recipient’s EBT card, and information on the incentive earned and SNAP account balance will be provided on the accompanying receipt.Maria Infante of Project BREAD presented on HIP at the March 6, 2017 Community Partnership meeting at St. Vincent's  organized by United Neighbors of Fall River. Click here for a 28-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text

Based on information in a Boston Globe article, Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed decided to take a trip to Brockton on March 1, 2017 to learn more about a unique supermarket that operates next door to the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center on Pleasant Street. "Given our interest in developing collaborations between health providers and grocery stores in our 1422 project, I thought this would be a good chance to learn from folks who've been doing this for several years," noted Weed. Dr. Weed was met by the Vicente's Supermarket Director of Team Development, Wanda Stewart, who described the operation of the store, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of the large ethnic population in the neighborhood. The store also makes use of large emojis on the aisle floors designed to encourage shoppers to head to the produce section, an idea developed by Professor Collin Payne at the New Mexico State University 's Consumer Behavior Lab.Click here for a one-minute video of the store visit and here for more photos and text

 
The seventh Week of the Tenth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge brought dozens of participants to General Fitness on March 4, 2017 where participants could choose between Zumba led by Wendy Rapoza and spinning led by Marcee Theiron. 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. Those who have registered by the end of January are eligible for cash prizes to be awarded at the Challenge Finale on April 21st. Click here for a seven-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.
Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed presented another session in the series on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry" as part of  the Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge. The series is offered to Challenge participants who are attempting to lose weight in the Challenge through exercise, though research is clear that exercise is not a good for long-term weight loss. Low carbohydrate, high fat diets, on the other hand, have repeatedly been  demonstrated to lead to significant weight loss, especially when compared to low-fat, calorie-restricted approaches. In this session, Dr. Weed talks  about what to eat every day on a low-carb, high-fat diet. Click here for a 59-minute video of the presentation that includes a twelve-minute video on "Why your body makes you Fat AND hungry" and a short film from 1958 on "Want to Slim, Then Eat Fat". Click here for the presentation that Dr. Weed gave in the previous week and here for all of his and others' presentations on the topic and here for more photos and text.

Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. was invited by Pam Wildnauer, Program Director of the Citizens for Citizens (CFC) Head Start Program, to provide a staff workshop on February 22, 2017 on healthy snacks for preschoolers. Partners Steering Committee Secretary and United Neighbors of Fall River, Executive Director Wendy Garf-Lipp, Partners' School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard, and Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed presented the hour-long session to help Head Start teachers make better choices for snacks served in school. Unlike school meals, the government does not prescribe the contents of snacks that parents serve, so the session was designed to help teachers advise parents on good choices. Much of the emphasis of the session was on the sugar content of many snack items, especially those that are advertised as lower in fat. Dr. Weed concluded the session by stressing the importance of dietary fats in supplying essential vitamins A,D,E and K, including the healthy fat in whole milk. Click here for a 53-minute video of the presentation and here for more photos and text.


 

Don't miss the 10th Annual Fitness Challenge Finale!

Friday, April 21st, 6:00 p.m.

at the Eagle Performing Arts Center

35 North Main Street, Fall River

Call 508-679-0922 for tickets and information


 

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