Norwalk, CT - Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc. (NCHC) fired the first salvo in its campaign to prevent childhood obesity on May 16 with an awareness and fundraising event in Norwalk. Mayor Rilling, community and business leaders, and local residents were among the one hundred Vine To Wine guests.
NCHC Chief Executive Office Craig Glover explained that 15% of children in our community are clinically obese. That puts them at higher risk of having other chronic health conditions and diseases that influence their physical health. The goal of NCHC’s Campaign to Prevent Childhood Obesity is to get our patients and the community moving well on a healthy path. That includes engaging children and their families in getting annual physicals, regular exercise, and making lifestyle changes that include healthy food choices and access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Iraida Rivera, a NCHC Women’s Health patient with a newborn who is a NCHC Pediatrics patient, spoke on why the continuity of care that she and her family receive at NCHC matters. Just completing her studies to become a Registered Nurse and starting her own healthcare career, she recognizes quality care and appreciates the wellness programs that are free to patients.
Frank Whitman, longtime Norwalk innkeeper, foodie and columnist, talked about seasonal dining and local and fresh, in season foods. That theme echoed the gourmet finger food from Du Soleil (Bistro Du Soleil and Rincon). Guests also sampled warm-weather appropriate wines and craft beers, compliments of BevMax.
NCHC is deeply grateful to Vine To Wine sponsors lead sponsor Fairfield County Bank and Benefit Planning Services, an Alera Group Company, and to Henry Schein, and Nantes Solutions. We also want to recognize UFC Gym, Endurance House, Pump It Up, and The Factory for putting the move into the Get Moving raffle baskets for adults and for children.
A week of free to the public community events is planned during National Health Center Week (August 13-18) by NCHC. And NCHC’s inaugural Ready, Set, Walk awareness and fundraiser to prevent childhood obesity is slated for Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.
Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc. is a nationally recognized federally qualified health center and 501 (c)3 nonprofit health provider. Nearly 14,000 unique patients receive comprehensive health care (adult, pediatric, women’s, behavioral, and dental health) each year, regardless of ability to pay, at NCHC’s 120 Connecticut Avenue location and aboard its Medical Mobile Unit.