Cooking classes at new wellness center on Bowdoin Street

Not much for ribbon cuttings or press releases, but this one is a go. In this neighborhood, one of the major public health issues is gun violence. The Globe did a narrative, multimedia portrait of the Bowdoin-Geneva Check it out and then check out this release on the new wellness center that opened up there this week.

From BIDMC16948171144_1fb8707af4_m, the health center’s parent:

DORCHESTER, MA – The Bowdoin Street Health Center today celebrated the opening of its new 4,100-square-foot Wellness Center, the only facility of its kind in the community, designed to promote healthy eating, healthy cooking and increased exercise for patients who include children, teens, adults and seniors.

The new Wellness Center includes an exercise studio, weight room, physical therapy rooms, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and expanded behavioral health services to provide the resources and support people need to make healthy changes in their lives…

The Wellness Center builds upon existing programs at Bowdoin Street Health Center, such as Fitness in the City for children at risk of obesity; the Healthy Food Access Program, which includes a farmer’s market; the Healthy Corner Store Initiative to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to local markets; and the Healthy Champions program, where local youth create and manage a community garden and sell their produce at the farmer’s market to educate neighborhood peers and families about healthier eating habits.

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