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Hope for Diabetes Prevention Grows in Chabaso’s New Haven Garden – Press Release

In About the Program on November 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Click below to read a comprehensive view of Chabaso and the Fair Haven Community Health Center’s partnership.

News Release

Contact: Dorothy Radlicz
203.562.9007 x838
dradlicz@chabaso.com

Hope for Diabetes Prevention Grows
in Chabaso’s New Haven Garden

New Haven, Conn. (October 8, 2010) – Chabaso Bakery and Fair Haven Community Health Center have partnered to prevent diabetes in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven, with a new garden and education program to promote healthy lifestyle habits among people at risk.

Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) is a not-for-profit health care organization providing primary care and a full spectrum of community wellness programs in the surrounding underserved neighborhood.  Alarmed by diabetes rates approaching an epidemic scale among younger individuals, FHCHC medical professionals founded the Diabetes Prevention Program in 2007 as a family-focused lifestyle intervention program.  Through nutrition and physical education classes, participants battle a calamitous disease that many forget or don’t know is treatable and preventable.

The Diabetes Prevention Program starts by screening all at-risk patients of the FHCHC identifying those individuals most likely to contract the debilitating and deadly disease. The second phase of the prevention program engages whole families, enlisting children and parents to learn about diet and nutrition, exercise, and other aspects of healthy lifestyles. This program was initially funded by Connecticut Health Foundation and is now part of a larger research study with the Donaghue Foundation-supported Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

According to Anne Camp, MD, the Director of FHCHC’s unique family-oriented Diabetes Prevention Program, “We’ve added an innovative community gardening component to our strategy.  People with borderline diabetes can become members of the garden by planting, weeding, and taking home a share of the harvest. As an added benefit, the garden provides at-risk patients of all ages with plenty of healthful exercise, as well as education about nutrition-packed vegetables not ordinarily found in this area of the city.”

The Garden itself embodies the vision of local New Haven entrepreneur and community benefactor, Charles Negaro, owner of Chabaso Bakery. Mr. Negaro designed this garden adjacent to his artisan bakery some years ago.  “It was intended to provide healthy food for bakery employees,” Negaro said. “Realizing that the garden required more than part-time attention, I began searching for volunteer gardeners from the community. At the same time, Dr. Camp was looking for a garden space not too far from Fair Haven Community Health Center.” Conveniently, the Diabetes Prevention Program fit right into Chabaso’s neighborhood gardening initiative. Gardening has since become a mainstay of family health, fitness, and fun at FHCHC.”

“It has been proven that high-risk individuals can delay or avoid developing Type 2 Diabetes through regular physical activity and a diet low in fat and calories,” said Rebecca Kline, Diabetes Prevention Program Communications Manager at FHCHC, and FHCHC/Chabaso Community Garden Manager. “We are reducing the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes here in New Haven,” Ms. Kline reports. “In an urban area where 88% of the population lives below the federal poverty level, and fresh produce is an anomaly, it is not an easy task to stay healthy. Access to tasty, fresh veggies, knowledge of their nutritional and dietary value, beneficial gardening exercise and awareness of the implications of diabetes have been combined to successfully reduce the risk of diabetes among program participants.”

Improved access to nutritious foods through the garden, and comprehensive lifestyle education are signs of a win-win health intervention. The program aims to expand participation, garden acreage, and influence throughout the neighborhood.

For more information on the FHCHC/Chabaso Community Garden, contact Rebecca Kline, Garden Manager, at rebkline@gmail.com

To make a donation to the FHCHC Diabetes Prevention Program go to this web link:https://www.justgive.org/basket?acton=donate&ein=06-0883545
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Chabaso Bakery was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1995. The local community recognized the outstanding taste and bona fide quality of the bakery’s bread and sustained the fledgling business. Using authentic old-world ovens, only the best natural ingredients and no trans-fats, founder Charles Negaro, and some very talented bakers, set out to match the best ciabattas, loaves, batards, rolls, Stix™, baguettes and boules in the world. Today Chabaso breads are available fresh every day in small food stores and large supermarket chains along the US east coast. For more information call (203) 562 9007, or visit online at www.chabaso.com

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“Health: Panel seeks to use L.A.’s abundance of fresh food in fight against childhood obesity – latimes.com”

In Diabetes Prevention Resources on October 4, 2010 at 9:50 AM

People are beginning to make the connection between health and food systems. Read what LA is doing: Health: Panel seeks to use L.A.’s abundance of fresh food in fight against childhood obesity – latimes.com.

Providing Individual Feedback on Food Diaries – A Delicate Task

In Nutrition Class on July 1, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Recently, a discussion flared up when one woman from Mexico flatly declared that a cooking suggestion could not apply to both her and the Guatemalan woman sitting to her right.

How does a medical provider advise patients on dietary practices while at the same time being sensitive to the cultural, historic, economic, and social implications of food habits?

This is the question that our Nutrition Class teachers ask themselves before, during, and after each session. How can I say this in a way that acknowledges the difficulty of obtaining fresh leafy greens where they live, and at the same time be uncompromising in my commitment to their health? How do I respond to a woman for whom eating tortillas is as natural as breathing, and yet is not reaching her weight loss goal?

Our teachers have discovered that asking this question repeatedly is in fact the answer to the question itself. As in, there is no straight answer. The key is to be aware that food has implications that stretch much further than waist circumference, and having what innovative businesses call a double bottom line is essential: plant a few pots with spinach seeds on your back stoop. Have one tortilla instead of two. Be committed to your wellbeing AND your cultural heritage, financial stability, and social obligations! You can consider all those factors with every choice you make.

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