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.
Our Director of Community Services, Stephanie Luther, hosts 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 Stephanie at 401-846-4828 x 118 or by email at email@example.com.
Our Director of Community Programs also provides Medicare/Medicaid counseling for any member of our community through the Senior Health Information Program (SHIP), in addition to making 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) contact Stephanie. 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. Contact Stephanie at 401-846-4828 x 118 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New in 2016 is the creation of 2 neighborhood Wellness Hubs. The home site is at the MLK, with a satellite hub at the Florence Gray Center in Newport’s North End. These hubs will house weekly evidence-based lifestyle change programs, such as Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Self-Management, chronic pain self-management, and additional wellness programs requested by the community—like nutrition, fitness & cooking classes. Contact our Wellness Hub Coordinator, Kelsea Dixon, at 401-846-4828 or email her at email@example.com for more information. Flu Shot clinics, disease self-management programs, and health care referrals are made through our Wellness Center.
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