Community Programming encompasses a large range of activities and programs for the community at large and for the clients we serve. The MLK Community Center is not content to merely feed the hungry, we choose to also educate individuals in healthy eating and healthy behaviors; we choose to provide healthy food options and opportunities for all clients to experience new and healthy foods in order to increase chances of positively influencing behavior. We find it especially important to model healthy lifestyle behaviors for children and adults, especially those experiencing challenges such as low income.
In order to teach our clients the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, we are excited to offer nutrition education to all children PreK- Grade 4. Led by a local Registered Dietitian, Kristin Niessink, MS,RD, LDN, the program consists of nutrition classes for the children in our education programs in combination with Family Dinners enjoyed by the whole family. Kristin also provides valuable healthy eating tips to our food pantry clients; teaches LivFit, an adult cooking and nutrition class; and provides 1-1 nutrition and weight loss counseling. Kristin is able to take all forms of health insurance and will provide counseling to our uninsured clients free of charge. LivFit combines cooking classes held on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm with Thursday fitness classes from 5-6 pm. Fitness classes are tailored to each group and may consist of yoga, Zumba, dance, walking, or circuit training. Contact Kristin Niessink at 401-846-4828 x 211 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of her services.
At monthly monthly senior Lunch & Learn, participants enjoy a healthy meal and informational workshops such as elder law, financial management, chair exercises, nutrition, and more. If you are interested in joining other seniors for a delicious lunch and topics of interest, please contact Melanie Saunders at 401-846-4828 x 124 or by email at email@example.com.
Medicare/Medicaid counseling for any member of our community is available through the Senior Health Information Program (SHIP), as is referrals to other agencies as needed. If you are Medicare eligible based on a disability (25 months) or are turning 65 (you can sign up 3 months prior to your 65th birthday to avoid a gap in coverage). If you want to be screened to see if you are eligible for help paying for Medicare costs, call for more information. The screening can be done over the phone and often takes less than 5 minutes. For more info, call the Center at at 401-846-4828.
Our Community Programs Coordinator, Kelsea Dixon, oversees weekly evidence-based lifestyle change programs, such as Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Self-Management, chronic pain self-management, as well as additional wellness programs requested by the community—like nutrition, fitness & cooking classes, and more. For more information, call Kelsea at 401-846-4828 x201 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Flu Shot clinics, disease self-management programs, and health care referrals are made through our Wellness Center.
Income Tax Assistance is provided by AARP .