Choptank Community Health has added nutrition based outreach, activities, counseling, and education to the services in our SBHCs. Our registered dietitian, Abigail Webster, has helped to facilitate several exciting community programs. We have been able to provide nutrition education and activities for our summer school and after school children. Choptank participated in a Farm to Table event at Greensboro Elementary School, where we offered fresh pumpkin hummus samples. During this event, we used the blender bike as an interactive tool to get children excited about eating healthy foods that are easy to make and affordable.
We have created additional community partnerships with organizations like BAAM (Talbot County Building African American Minds) and the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Education Center to provide food resources to children in our communities. We received a grant from No Kid Hungry that allowed us to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children and families throughout our communities. We partnered with Shore Gourmet, Caroline County Public Schools, and Caroline County Recreation and Parks programs to organize opportunities for children to shop on a mobile produce unit for their favorite produce. This spring, we are offering an education series for children and their families to promote healthier lifestyles that will help reduce the risk of diabetes. Additionally, Abigail will also be providing individual and group counseling for SBHC enrolled children who may benefit from nutrition interventions and education.