May 9, 2014
Elizabeth Baldwin Community Garden

Memorial Hospital Staff Help Build Community Garden

Physicians from the Brown Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently rolled up their sleeves and broke out the shovels to help build a community garden at the Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School located in Pawtucket. The school, which has over 750 students grades K-5, has had a long history of finding innovative ways to fight childhood obesity.

Lead by Fadya El Rayess, MD, a family medicine physician at Memorial and Sara Watson, MD, a second year Family Medicine resident at Memorial, the garden is designed to help students and their families learn about healthy eating. Made possible by $7,000 in grant funding from Lowes Home Improvement and the Whole Kids Foundation, the project is part of an on-going partnership between Memorial staff and the school in which health care providers teach students about the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

"This is just one of many innovative projects Baldwin has implemented to address childhood obesity, and a natural extension of the weekly teaching from Family Medicine residents on nutrition and physical activity,” said Dr. El Rayess.

As part of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s Family Medicine Residency Program, residents do a nutrition rotation at the school.   Dr. El Rayess says this garden project will become an important part of that education.

To learn more about the Family Care Center or set up an appointment with a primary care physician at Memorial Hospital call (401)729-2304.