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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dallas County Health and Human Services partners with Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center to promote consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
A convenient, bi-weekly farm stand will be available to staff and visitors at the Stemmons campus
DALLAS, TX (Jan. 11, 2018) – In a continued effort to promote workplace wellness, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) recently signed an agreement with Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center (BSW HWC) at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center Dallas to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to County staff and the community at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. BSW HWC will expand farm stand operations to the DCHHS Stemmons location beginning Thursday, Jan. 11 with a Farm Stand Kickoff Event at 10 a.m. Ongoing pop-up farm stands are scheduled to occur twice monthly every second and fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first-floor lobby. DCHHS visitors are also welcomed to shop for fresh produce. Cost of fruits and vegetables varies.
“Collaborating on this project with Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center is an innovative project that continues DCHHS’s mission in promoting a healthy community and environment to Dallas County and its employees,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “At low cost, the farm stand offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are easily accessible to Dallas County employees and the community.”
“The partnership represents an ongoing effort to promote health through nutrition and physical activity, one person, one family, one community at a time,” says Donald Wesson, MD, MBA,
president of the Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center and senior vice president of Baylor Scott & White Weight Management Services. “We are excited about our promising partnership with the Health Department, which facilitates spreading of our strategies to promote health across multiple communities to achieve our mission of enhancing health in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond. Our innovative model of health and wellness can be replicated in other cities and other sites”.
The partnership expands the number of BSW HWC community farm stands to eight locations. BSW HWC is one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s community care clinics in its eighth year of operation and service to the community.
About Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center
Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center Dallas is a public-private partnership developed in 2010 between Baylor Scott & White Health and the City of Dallas’ Park and Recreation Department. The innovative model of care offers clinical care, chronic disease education and management, prevention, outreach and research in one setting to provide comprehensive healthcare and wellness to the community.
For more information visit. www.BSWHealth.com/HealthandWellness
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $10.8 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 48 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 9,600 active physicians, 48,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For more information visit: www.BSWHealth.org
* based on unaudited 2016 fiscal year statements