Physical Health & Nutrition
The Physical Health & Nutrition initiative focuses on assisting residents in achieving a healthy lifestyle with a main focus on nutrition and physical movement. We collaborate with community partners to provide educational workshops and increase access to nutritious foods.
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What We're Working On
Summer Farmer's Market
We started Eastern Cranston's first ever farmer's market in 2021, and we are delighted to be able to bring it back in 2022.
Our focus is on providing locally grown and fresh food to Cranston residents and supporting local farmers.
What We've Done
2021 | year two
Objective 1: Increase availability and access to affordable, culturally relevant, fresh food
Strategies: Coordinate a local farmers market with BIPOC farmers, and offer free cooking demos with ingredient bags
Impact Area(s): Food security in local community
80% of farmers were BIPOC
$1,000 worth of food was distributed to residents at a weekly basis
Handed out roughly 1,300 bags of food to the community from May - October
Held 5 cooking classes with 50 active participants
Partners: Cranston YMCA, Center for Southeast Asians, Cranston Family Center, Anchor Recovery, Cranston Park and Recs Department,
Objective 2: Increase availability and access to healthcare
Strategies: Coordinate pop-up flu clinics around the community
Impact Area(s): Healthcare access
Outcome/ Evaluation: 130 residents received a flu shot through our pop-up clinics, and 50% of those residents were minors
Partners: CCAP Family Health Services
2020 | year one
Year 1 was the start of our HEZ organization so we mainly focused on gathering information about the community needs, issues, and current resources. Data collection started in November 2019 and after several surveys handed out to the community - we had gathered nearly 400 responses.
What We Found Out: 50% of residents want a farmer's market closer to them that is affordable and available at times they need to shop
Time and money were the most common reasons people reported not being able to participate in movement and healthy eating habits more.
What We Want To Do About It: We want to work with one of our trusted community partners, the Cranston YMCA, to establish a farmer's market at or near the YMCA center.
Our Proud Backbone Agency
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is proud to be the backbone agency for the Cranston Health Equity Zone. CCAP is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. We provide a wide spectrum of services and benefits that are designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.
For a full list of CCAP programs and services, please visit here.
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1090 Cranston Street
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 714 - 7004
Family Support Center
70 Gansett Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 642- 7595
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The OneCranston Health Equity Zone is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health.