Families and individuals living in the Mattapan and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Boston, which are racially and ethnically diverse communities with limited socioeconomic means, face many additional challenges in the fight against obesity. There are fewer places to get a healthy meal, with local options being primarily fast food and/or convenience stores. The higher rates of crime and violence and minimal access to parks and recreational activities in the urban setting, limit outdoor activities. With inadequate access to gyms and indoor activity areas because of economic constraints, physical activity is lacking and compounding the problem with obesity and health. Because of these limitations, Mattapan Community Health Center developed a plan to integrate its medical home model, mental health systems, and community resources to form a comprehensive approach to address its patients’ needs surrounding treatment of obesity. In the upcoming months, the team of healthcare clinicians will offer a group-based setting for the medical management of overweight and obesity.
Did you know that of the 10 leading causes of death in America, more than half can be prevented through improving eating habits and physical activity?
The nutritionist at Mattapan Community Health Center works alongside your primary care physician and a team of healthcare providers to help manage or prevent chronic diseases, like obesity and diabetes, and promote optimal health.