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New Haven Register Reports on FHCHC DPP/Chabaso Garden and New Haven Farms Expansion!

In Community Garden on August 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The New Haven Register printed an article this past Sunday on the FHCHC DPP/Chabaso Garden and New Haven Farms initiative to improve health and community development through urban agriculture.

Read the article and watch the video here!



Parade Magazine Features Dr. Anne Camp and the Diabetes Prevention Program!

In About the Program on May 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Check out the Diabetes Prevention Program and our health hero Dr. Anne Camp in Parade Magazine‘s most recent issue!


With 7 million readers nation-wide, we hope the article brings awareness to the opportunity of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Camp’s Diabetes Prevention Research Featured on MDLinx

In Diabetes Prevention Resources on April 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

The article ‘Quality improvement in community health centres: the role of microsystem characteristics in the implementation of a diabetes prevention initiative’ in Quality & Safety in Health Care was recently featured on MDLinx.com! MDLinx carries an index of health-related articles for medical professionals. Click here to read the article.

Sustainable Urbanism Conference – Diabetes Prevention Program Presentation

In About the Program on April 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Two weeks ago, New Haven’s Sustainable Urbanism Conference, addressing Climate Change in New England, hosted a conversation on food, health, and urbanism. Rebecca Kline of Fair Haven Community Health Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program presented the program’s successful chronic disease prevention & gardening model.

Click here for a summery of Rebecca’s talk:


Millions of Americans Have Diabetes and Don’t Know It

In About the Program on March 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

On Diabetes Alert Day, Take Action to Learn Your Risk

In observance of Diabetes Alert Day (March 22), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Fair Haven Community Health Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program are encouraging people to take NDEP’s Diabetes Risk Test [http://ndep.nih.gov/resources/ResourceDetail.aspx?ResId=252] –available in English and Spanish –to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This one-day ‘wake-up call’ asks people across the nation to know their risk of diabetes.


Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes – including 279,000 people in Connecticut. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the people with diabetes, or 90,000 Connecticut adults, do not know that they have the disease.  An estimated 79 million adults have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing the disease.


“Diabetes is a serious disease, particularly when it is left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Dr. Anne Camp, Director of Fair Haven Community Health Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program. “Everyone should be aware of their risk for diabetes.  If you have a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes – or if you had diabetes during pregnancy – you need to know that you are at increased risk.”


Other risk factors for diabetes include being overweight, physically inactive, and being over the age of 45. Diabetes also is more common in African Americans, people of African Ancestry, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.


If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and even death.  With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes can delay or prevent the development of these health problems.


“If you are at risk for diabetes, the good news is that you can take action now to lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes by making – and maintaining – healthy lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Camp.


Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days per week. One way to help people achieve their health goal is to write down everything they eat and drink and the number of minutes they are active each day. They should review their notes daily.


The Fair Haven Community Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program provides diabetes testing to all patients and their families who are at risk for diabetes. Patients who are prediabetic are then invited to participate in exercise, nutrition, and gardening classes at nearby John Martinez School and Chabaso Bakery.


To learn more about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, check out NDEP’s Diabetes Risk Test, available in English and Spanish. Additional diabetes resources can be found on the NDEP website, www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. For more information about the Fair Haven Community Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program, call 203.777.7411 or go to www.diabetespreventionprogram.wordpress.com.



For more information on the Diabetes Prevention Program, go to diabetespreventionprogram.wordpress.org or contact Rebecca Kline r.kline@fhchc.org. The Fair Haven Community Health Center is a not-for-profit primary health care organization that has been dedicated to serving the greater Fair Haven Community since 1971.  We provide comprehensive health care – from prenatal to pediatric, adolescent to adult and geriatric.  Our mission is to provide excellent, accessible health care to the residents of our community, regardless of their ability to pay.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‘ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations. Its Small Steps. Big Rewards Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. campaign communicates that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through modest lifestyle changes.

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DPP Program and Garden Component Featured in CT Department of Public Health Newsletter!

In About the Program, Community Garden on December 14, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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

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

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


Yale Daily News Reports on DPP Garden!

In About the Program on November 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM


Fair Haven Garden Gets Greenhouse

By Jenny Dai

Contributing Reporter

Thursday, October 28, 2010

While Yalies may complain about skimpy salad bars, some residents in Fair Haven can barely afford fresh vegetables or fruits every day. A new community garden hopes to change that.

This month, during the Yale Graduate Day of Service, graduate students completed the construction of a greenhouse for the garden. The community garden is part of a diabetes prevention program organized by the Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) and launched in June. The prevention initiative encourages people at risk for the disease to exercise, learn about nutrition and work in the garden in exchange for fresh vegetables. Chabaso Bakery, a chain of bakeries, and Growell, a greenhouse-building company in Cheshire, donated the materials to set up the garden and build the greenhouse.


Photo by Sarah Sullivan


Photo by Sarah Sullivan

Diabetes prevention is particularly important in Fair Haven, a low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, where residents are at a higher risk for diabetes because they usually eat the cheapest and most unhealthy food, said Rebecca Kline, Diabetes Prevention Program communications and community garden manager for FHCHC.

Typically, three or four participants come to work in the garden from 9-11:00 a.m. or 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Kline said. They plant, and at the end of a work session, they divide up whatever is ready to be harvested to bring home to their families, she added.

Parents are also encouraged to bring their children, “because diabetes is a family, community-based disease,” Kline said.

“I like working here because it relieves stress and I learn how to plant things,” said Margarita, one of the participants who has been working in the garden once or twice a week since June. Having no children of her own, she said she often brings her niece.

Catherine Fontana GRD ’15, an organizer of the Yale Graduate Day of Service, said she hoped that “the event allowed students to connect with their community in such a way that they continue their service there beyond the Yale Day of Service.”

In fact, Yalies are more connected to Fair Haven than they realize, said Kline, adding that Fair Haven is the neighborhood where many Yale dining hall and maintenance workers live.

The Chabaso garden was originally developed by Nancy Dennett, wife of owner Charles Negaro of Chabaso Bakery, to supply employees with healthy food. This spring, she collaborated with Elizabeth Magenheimer from FHCHC to set up a community garden dedicated to helping Fair Haven residents who are at risk for diabetes. A study by the National Institutes of Health concluded that effective exercise and a healthy diet can reduce risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. The garden is a way to carry out the results of the study in the Fair Haven community.

“Now the work is to translate that and implement that,” said Dr. Anne Camp, director of the Diabetes Prevention Program at FHCHC.

“One day, I want to start a farm in Fair Haven so that everybody will be able to eat vegetables of this quality at least once a day,” said Kline after Margarita informed her that the vegetables she took home last time lasted three days.

The community garden is located behind the Chabaso Bakery at 360 James St.


Yale Graduate School Day of Service Adventure

In About the Program on October 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM
October 9th we hosted 25 Yale graduate students at our community garden, giving them the option of preparing the garden for the winter months, constructing our new and beautiful greenhouse, or completing the mural begun during our Slow Food Dig In Celebration. Miracle after miracle made the day possible. Mike Trepadino, owner and operator of Growell in Cheshire donated a greenhouse valued way higher than we could ever pay. Oscar, Alfredo, Pedro, Tony, John, all Chabaso employees fearlessly led by owner Charlie Negaro, picked up the greenhouse materials and began construction without any worries. Saturday morning, Bom Menino, a Capoeira student and the driving force behind our mural, worked with a group of the Yale students to add carrots, sunflowers, and the Diabetes Prevention Program logo to the garden wall.

With the greenhouse, we are going to be able to extend our growing season through the winter. Maria, one of our Diabetes Prevention Program participants, led the soil preparation efforts.

A group of the volunteers harvested our entire batch of basil. We made pesto over the weekend, and as I write this, the Diabetes Prevention Program staff are selling the batch so we can buy seeds for the winter garden.

Yale students studying everything from aeronautics to biology, joined forces with Chabaso Bakery’s operations staff, Massaro Farmer Steve Munno, and the husband of one of our Diabetes Prevention Program participants to piece together the greenhouse.

Overall, a very successful day.

In the Sarah Lawrence News!

In About the Program on September 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Dr. Anne Camp, Director the Diabetes Prevention Program, and Rebecca Kline, Communications Manager are getting attention from their shared alma mater!



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