Durfee Showcase displays school's community assets

Students and faculty of B.M.C. Durfee High School offered community leaders and the public a chance to see what the school has to offer and a sampling of the community's involvement in the education system. Held in the school's Nagle Auditorium, the "Showcase" first introduced the audience to some of the theatre arts offerings of the school's drama department. Following the brief show, participants streamed into the lobby where exhibits and displays illustrated the educational offerings from the alternative school, Team F.R.E.S.H., Peaceful Coalition, culinary arts from the Tradewinds restaurant and community programs like Citizens for Citizens' Making Proud Choices teen pregnancy prevention.

WSAR Health Expo displays local providers

Even on a snowy day, dozens of people lined up for the opening of the Southcoast Health Expo presented by WSAR Radio and Southcoast Hospitals Group at White's Restaurant on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Over thirty vendors were on hand to provide information, free samples and prizes to those who attended the free event. As in past years, prizes were raffled off by WSAR Radio staff and the entire event was broadcast live by the radio station staff who used the event as an opportunity to do live interviews with many representatives of the participating organizations. http://gfrpartners.com/09WSARHealthExpo.html

 

Zumba classes a Fitness Challenge hit at the YMCA

 As part of the 2009 Fitness Challenge sponsored by the Diabetes Association, Inc. (DAI), Community Development Recreation (CD-REC), and Healthy City Fall River, the Fall River YMCA has been offering Zumba, a low-impact fitness workout held to Latin and international music on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Friday's at 6:30 p.m. Led on Tuesdays by YMCA fitness trainer Tabitha Gendreau and on Fridays by Alainna Cochrane, participants go though a variety of heart-healthy moves designed to stretch and tone the whole body. The YMCA is also offering a very low rate of $2 for other exercise classes, including yoga, step aerobics and Pilates, and the use of their pool during the Fitness Challenge period that runs until May 9th. For more information about the Challenge, go to www.FallRiverFitnessChallenge.com . For more information about classes offered at the YMCA, call 508-675-7841. To see the entire web page, go to www.gfrpartners.com/09YMCAZumbaClass.html

Making Proud Choices! teaches healthy behavior, decision-making

 Participants in the CFC Family Planning Making Proud Choices! program have been meeting each week in early 2009 at the Fall River Boys and Girls Club to learn about healthy behavior and responsible decision-making. This Science-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program stresses that abstinence is the best way to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy, but Making Proud Choices! also teaches that condoms can be effective, too. The program aims to reduce the risk of HIV/STDs and pregnancy among youth through small group two-hour sessions where teens watch videos and participate in discussions, games, role-playing, and other exercises. After completing the program, youth are expected to have greater knowledge about HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention, better negotiating skills, and reduced risk-taking behaviors. Currently, there are 18 community−based organizations in Massachusetts funded to provide science−based teen pregnancy prevention programs. For information about the program provided by Citizens for Citizens, contact Lynda Sampson at 508-679-0198 or 508-673-2400. To see the entire web page, go to www.gfrpartners.com/09MakingProudChoices.html

Homeless Care Coordinator begins work at HealthFirst

HealthFirst Family Care Center was awarded a three-year grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to provide care coordination services to homeless individuals in Fall River. Center CEO Julie Almond introduced Family Nurse Practitioner Julie Hetherington on February 3, 2009 to members of the community advisory committee, including representatives of the First Step Inn shelter for the homeless, the Homeless Service Providers Coalition and the Community Development Agency. Other agencies involved in the project include Catholic Social Services, the Homeless Connections, the LOFT transitional program, Project Assert, and People Incorporated's Project New Beginnings. Ms. Hetherington, who also has a Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, will be available to do on-site evaluations and referrals of homeless individuals and to arrange rapid referrals for treatment to appropriate agencies. Medical appointments can be arranged directly with HealthFirst, including transportation by taxi to the initial appointment. "This program answers many of the concerns we have had in this community about providing treatment to the homeless population," stated Ms. Almond. "HealthFirst is honored by the trust place in us by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation", she added. For more information services offered by HealthFirst, contact Director of Community Relations and Development Paula Harrison at 774-627-1204. To see the full web page article, go to www.gfrpartners.com/09HomelessCareCoordination.html

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