Thundermist is pleased to announce the spring opening of Thundermist Grows, the health center’s community garden at The Cotton Shed medical facility at 186 Providence St, West Warwick.
On April 13th, Thundermist staff, patients and community members will kick off the garden’s 2013 season with a spring-cleaning. Open to all members of the community, the garden houses 34 raised beds, eight of which are accessible to people with mobility challenges. Beds are still available on a first come first serve basis to all community members, including current Thundermist patients. The garden also contains a community berry section, an herb garden, and a sitting area, providing access to costly fruits, herbs and spices and offering an opportunity for Thundermist to educate the public about nutrition and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
“As health providers, we have a responsibility to help our patients address the root causes of obesity and other diet-related health conditions,” said Thundermist CEO Chuck Jones. “Our community garden is so important not only because gardening is great exercise, but also because it gives us the opportunity to provide our patients and the West Warwick community with access to fresh fruits and vegetables that they may not otherwise have.”
The Cotton Shed Garden Clean Up and Build Day will take place on Saturday April 13th (rain date Saturday April 20th) from 9am to 1pm at 186 Providence Street in West Warwick, RI. Tools, work gloves and refreshments will be provided to help all participants weed, fill garden beds, plant annuals and prepare the garden for its 2013 season. Children 8 and older are welcome. To RSVP or to find out more information, please contact Angela Mellon at (401) 615-2800 ext.: 2888 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thundermist Health Center’s mission is to deliver the highest quality health care, when and where it is needed most, in an affordable manner, in a language everyone can understand, with dignity and respect. As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center and NCQA Level III Certified Patient Centered Medical Home, Thundermist has served the communities of Woonsocket, West Warwick and South County for more than 40 years, treating more than 35,000 patients annually. Thundermist’s commitment to the Rhode Island community extends beyond the exam room, driving non-clinical wellness and health advocacy programs such as the Thundermist Grows community garden, farmer’s market, and ThunderKids Wellness program.
For more information about Thundermist’s services and upcoming events, please visit our website at http://www.thundermisthealth.org.