Magazine article Parks & Recreation

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Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Notable News

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n Six years ago, in the economically depressed South Dallas community of Frazier, Baylor Scott and White Health opened the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the underutilized Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center. The establishment of this institute created an access point to health care in the community and helped to lower traffic in the emergency department of the local hospital. The renovated facility offers a family health center, primary care clinic, diabetes education services and even a demonstration kitchen to help residents learn about healthful eating. On the 22 acres surrounding the center residents can take advantage of tennis and basketball courts, walking paths and lifestyle classes. Frazier, which has a growing number of residents threatened by diabetes, is located in a food desert area, so once a week, a popup farm stand, sponsored by Baylor Scott and White, offers low-cost fresh fruits and vegetables. A nutritionist is also on hand to educate residents about developing healthful habits. …

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