Release Date: 09/16/2014
Staff from the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of
Rhode Island recently rolled up their sleeves and broke out the shovels
to help build a community garden at the Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary
School located in Pawtucket. The school which has over 750 students
grades K-5th has had a long history of finding innovative ways to fight
Lead by Fadya El Rayess, MD, a family medicine
physician at Memorial and Sara Watson, MD, a second year Family
Medicine resident at Memorial, the garden is designed to help students
and their families learn about healthy eating.
Made possible by $7,000 in grant funding from Lowes Home Improvement and
the Whole Kids Foundation, the project is part of an on-going
partnership between Memorial staff and the school in which health care
providers teach students about the importance of regular exercise and
healthy eating habits. "This is just one of many innovative projects
Baldwin has implemented to address childhood obesity, and a natural
extension of the weekly teaching from Family Medicine residents on
nutrition and physical activity,” said Dr. El Rayess.
As part of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
University’s Family Medicine Residency Program, residents do a nutrition
rotation at the school. Dr. El Rayess says this garden project will
become an important part of that education.
To learn more about the Family Care Center or set up an appointment with
a primary care physician at Memorial call (401) 729-2304.