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Greater Fall River 
Health Update
March 30, 2015

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Healthy City Fall River is now Greater Fall River Health Update! We have a new look to reflect a focus on the entire four town area, including Somerset, Swansea, and Westport in addition to the City of Fall River.

Over 800 runners competed in the 21st Annual Officer Thomas J. Giunta Memorial 5K Road Race on a cold March 29, 2015 morning following a dusting of snow. Officer Bruce Tavares presented retired Officer William Nasser with a plaque recognizing him as one of the early organizers of the long--standing event. A few of the Fall River Fitness Challenge participants took part along with Partners Worksite Wellness Coordinator Angie Bras and Graphic Artist Suzanne Ramos. Runners took off from the corner of Bank and High Streets and headed up High Street on the course that ran down New Boston Road, Oak Grove Avenue and ended in front of the Salvation Army on Bedford Street. Twenty-year-old Matthew Moussamih, who won the last two year's races, came in first this year while Erica Morency took the lead among the women. Click here to see race results. Click here to see a 12-minute video of the race and here to see more photos and text describing the event.
The eleventh week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought 52 participants to Re-creation headquarters on March 28, 2015 for an hour-long session led by Greg Medeiros of Fitness Fusion. Greg set up a circuit of a thirteen stations around the gym, each with a different exercise challenge, including air punches, kettle weights, bicycles, hop-ups, ladder steps, squat thrusts, weight lifts and burpees. The session was followed by a Nutrition Challenge with Amanda Raposo. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, 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. Click here for a 14-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos.
The eleventh session on nutrition was held on March 28th in the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  The 45-minute discussion led by Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amanda Raposo gave participants the chance to ask questions about their own nutrition challenges. The free sessions are being offered each week after each Saturday Challenge as a way to assist people with issues of weight loss and personal health related to diet including a recommendation on food and advice on weight loss. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Fitness Challenge includes programs between January and May each year. Click here for photos and video of the Challenge event held just prior to the session, here for photos and video of the cooking demonstration held the week before, and here for the previous session with Amanda. Click here for more photos of this week's group. 
Over 100 advocates gathered for the Fifth Annual Bike Summit sponsored by the South Coast Bikeway Alliance, at White's Restaurant on March 26, 2015. Keynote speaker Boston Bicycle Czar Nicole Freedman, former Olympian and two-time national women's cycling champion was introduced by Alliance President Bob Espindola and Fall River Mass In Motion Coordinator Julie Kelly. Nicole has been instrumental in increasing the popularity of bicycling in Boston and has transformed the City into one of the best for cycling across the nation. Representative Bill Straus, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, reported on the Administration's commitment to healthy transportation and gave an update on recent legislation. MassBike's new executive director, Richard Fries, also spoke on the theme of "Building the Bicycle Culture" and urged participation in the South Coast Summer Bicycle Challenge. Click here for photos of last year's Summit. Click here for a 78-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
Dozens of police and firefighters from across Bristol County helped to kick off April as Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Month on behalf of the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bristol County at White's Restaurant on March 26, 2015. The four-year standing rivalry between Fall River and New Bedford departments was the center of the event that also included police from Attleboro, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Mansfield, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, and Westport. “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, but all year long, we wouldn’t be able to do our work without the professionalism and expertise of our friends in the police and fire departments throughout the county,” CAC Executive Director Michelle Loranger said.  “We’re grateful for this event as a way to highlight our mission and philosophy that there is no excuse for child abuse, honor our valuable partnerships, and have fun, all for an important cause.” Click here for a three-minute video and here for more photos.
The tenth week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 50 participants to Re-creation headquarters on March 21, 2015 for an hour-long session led by Chef Jessica Williams of Creating Healthy Solutions and Shaun Pacheco of All Generations Fitness. The session began with a Healthy Solutions Relay before Shaun led the group through numerous exercises designed to increase cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and core strength. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, 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. Click here for an 15-minute video of the Saturday event.and here for more photos and text
The second cooking/tasting demonstration held as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought participants to the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street for 45-minute cooking demonstration by Chef Jessica Williams. DTR, of Creating Healthy Solutions. After going through her Healthy Body Cleanse check list, she took people through the steps of making a grain-free cauliflower crust pizza with shrimp in order to demonstrate how it's possible to make a "bread" crust without using flour.  Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Fitness Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness, Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, and the Fall River YMCA.  Click here for a 24-minute video of the demonstration and here for more photos and text.
Staff from the UMass Extension SNAP-ED Program came to the Watson Elementary School on March 19th for the second Family Cooking Night offered by that organization. UMass Extension Site Director Andrea Gulezian, MEd, RD, LDN was accompanied by UMass Extension Nutrition Educators Lindsey Magan and Sue Loughlin to teach a cooking class for parents and students at the school. The focus was on making healthy snacks and included: 1) Italian Breadstick Popcorn, seasoned with grated cheese flavoring and Italian-flavored seasonings; 2) Pineapple Apple Snap Salad, a fruit and veggie salad with pineapple, apples, raisins and yogurt; and 3) Milky Maple Soda, drinks made with milk, maple syrup and unflavored soda water. Throughout Southeast MA, seven SNAP-ED nutrition educators provide classroom education for children in elementary and middle schools. 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 more phots and text.
Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julie Kelly organized gatherings at two senior housing developments on March 18, 2015 in order to survey residents on their shopping habits. The survey was part of a project funded by the Mass Council on Aging to explore ways to encourage walking among senior citizens in Fall River. Julie was joined by  Partners Executive Director David Weed, Partners staff Marcia Picard and Eric Andrade, and Volunteer Pau DeVillers who helped to get surveys from residents of the Doolan Apartments and the Bates & Tower Apartment nearby. The survey requested information will help in designing incentives to encourage more senior citizens to walk to some of the neighborhood markets in South End and other parts of the City. The group will continue to work on the project until the end of the grant in late June. Click here for a five-minute video of portions of the two gatherings and here for more photos and text.
The ninth week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 50 participants to Re-creation headquarters on March 14, 2015 for an hour-long session led by Ray Gendreau of FitWorks. Ray led the group through a series of exercises designed to strengthen the inner core of muscles that are often the source of back and neck pains. The exercises require a lot of "floor work" on mats, and Ray would alternate between upright and prone positions throughout the hour. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, 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. Click here for an 15-minute video of the Saturday event and here for more photos and text.
The ninth session on nutrition was held on March 14th in the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  The 45-minute discussion led by Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amanda Raposo gave participants the chance to ask questions about their own nutrition challenges. The free sessions are being offered each week after each Saturday Challenge as a way to assist people with issues of weight loss and personal health related to diet including a recommendation on food and advice on weight loss. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Fitness Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, Wiggle Kids, 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. Click here for more photos and text
Parents at the Spencer Borden Elementary School in Fall River had the chance to talk with Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed on March 12, 2015 as part of a Parent Coffee Hour series that has been offered at the School. Spencer-Borden School Adjustment Counselors Patricia Davis and Annie Palumbo arranged the sessions along with School Vice-Principal Taylor Brown to give parents a chance to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them. Dr. Weed discussed the concerns that the parents had and offered two articles: Breaking Children's Bad Eating Habits and Low Fat Milk May Not Be As Healthy As You Think to deal with their concerns about why their children often complain that they don't get enough to eat at school and arrive home hungry. Dr. Weed also recommended that they view the on-line video "Fed Up on the South Coast" to get a better idea of why so many children and adults are overweight and what some possible solutions might be. Click here for more photos and text.
Members of the Southcoast Worksite Health & Wellness Collaborative enjoyed a presentation on March 12, 2015 on Preventative Cardiology by Michael Rocha, M.D. Dr. Rocha is a cardiologist at Hawthorne Medical Associates and the Heart Failure Director at St. Luke's Hospital. Dr. Rocha titled his talk "How to Avoid Seeing Me as a Cardiologist and Put Me Out of Business" and went on to talk about what's needed to bring the rate of heart disease down in the South Coast Area. He emphasized the importance of healthy eating, regular exercise, mindfulness and stress reduction throughout the hour-long talk. The monthly Collaborative meetings, often held at the Sylvia Insurance Company headquarters on Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth, offer presentations on a number of topics related to worksite wellness. Past meetings have focused on healthy eating, stress in the workplace, ergonomics, CPR, and on substance abuse. Click here for more photos and text.
Over 100 parents, children and providers joined Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard at the Matthew J. Kuss Middle School on March 12, 2015 for an evening of fun and learning for families. The Family Fun Night offered fun fitness (including an indoor "snowball" fight) with WiggleKids Coach Kim Ferrara, up-to-date nutrition information and recipes from Chef Jessica Williams, DTR of Creating Healthy Solutions, and the chance to speak with representatives of over twenty agencies including the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, BMC HealthNet Plan, Child and Family Services, Children's Advocacy Center, MA Department of Children and Families, Citizens for Citizens, Fall River Schools, Family Service Association, Greater Fall River Re-Creation, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Energy Challenge, Southcoast Health, Smash Table Tennis Club, United Neighbors, and Partners for a Healthier Community covering its Soda-Free Challenge. Click here for a 22-minute video of the event and here for more photos and text.
The Commonwealth Conversations Tour, coordinated by Senator Michael Rodrigues, was a statewide tour of Senate Districts led by local senators to visit with local residents, businesses, and interest groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns. The goal of the Tour was to foster more civic engagement while helping each senator to learn more about the issues outside of their own district. The Tour made a stop at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) on March 11, 2015 to focus on issues related to substance abuse prevention and treatment. SSTAR CEO Nancy Paull was invited to address the senators along with Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, Fall River Health and Human Services Director Dr. Henry Vaillancourt, and Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter. Chaired by Senator Michael Rodrigues, the group also listened to input provided by pharmacist and BOLD Coalition Chair Thomas Pasternak and Bristol County NAMI President Brenda Venice. Click here for a video  and here for more photos and text.  
Staff from the Umass Extension Nutrition Education Program came to the Watson Elementary School on March 9th for the first Family Cooking Night offered by that organization. Fall River School Student Assignment and Parent Information Coordinator Barbara Allard contacted UMass Extension Site Director Andrea Gulezian, MEd, RD, LDN and invited her to arrange for staff members Lindsay Megan and Sue Loughlin to teach a cooking class for parents and students at the school They brought the ingredients for black bean soup, a Mediterranean couscous, and a pot roasted beef and demonstrated how to prepare each dish in just a few minutes each. Lindsay also gave a ten-minute PowerPoint session for parents on "Supermarket Savvy." Family members were then given recipes and encouraged to try the dishes at home. . "What we wanted to demonstrate is that one can prepare nutritious, inexpensive meals in a short period of time at home without a lot of fancy cooking skills," stated Gulezian. Click here for a 20-minute video of the first part of the session. Fand here for more photos and text.
The eighth week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 50 participants to Re-creation headquarters on March 7, 2015 for an hour-long session led by Nicole Aftosmes of All Generations Fitness. The hour-long session put participants through their paces before Dietitian Amanda Raposo led a discussion on nutrition following the Challenge. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, 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. Click here for a 13-minute video and here for more photos and text.
The eighth session on nutrition was held on March 7th in the second floor classroom at 72 Bank Street as part of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  The 45-minute discussion led by Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Amanda Raposo gave participants the chance to ask questions about their own nutrition challenges. The free sessions are being offered each week after each Saturday Challenge as a way to assist people with issues of weight loss and personal health related to diet including a recommendation on food and advice on weight loss. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Fitness Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, TKO Fitness, Wiggle Kids, and the Fall River YMCA. . Click here for more photos and text about the nutrition education session.
Two Social Capital Inc. Americorps Volunteers and one Episcopal Church Life Together Fellow worked together with other volunteers on March 4, 2015 to stock the Annelle Delorme-Hagerman Food Pantry on the grounds of the Church of Our Savior in Somerset. The project was designed to prepare for the distribution of food supplies to many of the homeless families living in motels in Somerset and Swansea during the following week. The Pantry was established a number of years ago by the Church to provide needed food for economically-challenged families and individuals, many of whom live in more affluent communities. The Pantry is maintained by volunteers from the Church and receives supplies through the Greater Boston Food Bank. "The family members will get to choose the variety of foods that they might like based on the size of their family," reported  former SCI Volunteer and Partners Community Outreach Manager Brian Moses. "We're excited to serve, and we have quite a lot of food to do it," he added. Click here for a brief video description of the project and here for more photos and text.
The mission of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Task Force of Partners brings together the many resources that contribute to improved nutrition and increasing the activity levels of adults and children in the Greater Fall River Area.  This Task Force also seeks to reduce levels of overweight, obesity and poor nutrition by providing nutrition education and access to healthy foods throughout the community. Working closely with the Fall River Mass In Motion Project, this Task Force also seeks to improve the physical environment to enable multi-modal transportation, greater use of parks and open spaces, and resources designed to increase physical fitness. At the March 3, 2015 meeting, Umass Extension Nutrition Education Program Supervisor Andrea Gulezian, MEd, RD, LDN was invited to describe her program and the many nutrition education programs that her program provides both children and adults in Fall River.. Click here for more photos and text.
Saint Anne's Hospital began offering a free six-part program starting on March 2, 2015 that can help adults looking to take positive steps toward wellness by eating healthier foods and becoming physically active. The "Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop" series designed to help adults of any age to learn useful tips for healthy lifestyles has been running in the auditorium at People, Incorporated headquarters at 4 South Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Developed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and based on the Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines for American, the series includes session on enjoying healthy food that tastes great, quick healthy meals and snacks, eating healthy on a budget, making healthy eating part of a total lifestyle, tips for losing weight and keeping it off, and physical activity that is key to living well. The series is facilitated by Rose Couto, RN, CDE of Saint Anne's Hospital's Diabetes Education Program and will be offered throughout the year, beginning on the first Wednesday of every other month. Click here for a five-minute video and here for more photos and text.

 

Ounce of Prevention Conference

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worester, MA.

Keynote Address: "Creating a Health Equity Movement" by Adewale Troutman, Director of Public Health Leadership and Practice, University of South Florida

Click here for more details and registration.

Don't miss it!

V-Day at the Eagle

 Friday, April 24 @ 8pm and Saturday, April 25 @8pm 

Call 508-324-7900 for more information and tickets.

Click here to see last year's performance


 
Save the date!

Fitness Challenge Finale

at the Eagle Performing Arts Center

Friday, May 15th, 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are only $10 - Call 508-679-0922


 

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