June Wellness Report: Jesse Crouch, Garden and Wellness Coordinator

Healthy Harvest

This May, Alliance Medical Ministry piloted our own version of a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, "Healthy Harvest".  Over six weeks, five patients picked up a weekly bag of produce harvested from the Alliance Community Garden, a total of about 150 pounds of fresh vegetables.  Produce included swiss chard, beets, radishes, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, head lettuce, and snap peas.

The Healthy Harvest program began with a salad bar dinner featuring Alliance Community Garden vegetables, and a presentation by WakeMed Registered Dietitian Cara Gant about barriers to food, the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet, and recipes and ideas for some of the vegetables available.


Alliance is grateful to the continued partnership of non-profit organization You Call this Yoga for providing regular weekly chair yoga classes to our patients.  Yoga is one of the most popular and well-attended wellness programs at our clinic! 

Did you know that community support brings chair yoga to our patients?  You Call this Yoga raises funds to enable them to carry out their mission, including through their annual Yoga Fest.

This April, the 6th Annual Yoga Fest was held at the McKimmon Center, bringing together over 500 participants, teachers, businesses, and volunteers for a day of yoga. Alliance Executive Director Megg Rader and Alliance patients Aisha Lewis-Scott were key note speakers of the April Yoga Fest.  View a video of their presentation through the link to the right.

Alliance was also a site for Second Saturday Yoga Fest on June 10th, hosting early morning yoga in the Alliance Community Garden, with all proceeds supporting You Call this Yoga's work at Alliance, the Boys & Girls Club, and Lion's Park.  Thank you for those who attended the yoga sessions throughout the day, supporting our patients!

Zumba instuctor Paula Grabill and dancers grab some fresh veggies after a great workout!

Zumba instuctor Paula Grabill and dancers grab some fresh veggies after a great workout!


Zumba classes continue weekly, thanks to the volunteer support of Paula Grabill. Patients are breaking up a sweat with rigorous cardio workouts!  Many Zumba participants are moving on into our Summer Cooking Matters @ Alliance class.


Million Step Challenge Standings

In an upset, Team Joyner overtook Team Wasserman this month, which had be leading the entire challenge! Top performers for Team Joyner averaged over 24,000 steps EACH DAY. That's over 12 miles folks --  these challengers aren't playing around.

Here's what the most recent week looked like for our valiant teams:

Team Joyner: Average 14,212 steps/day/participant

Team Wasserman: Average 11,266 steps/day/participant

Team Burkhead: Average 8,753 steps/day/participant.

Much peace, love and good vibes!

Jesse Crouch, Garden and Wellness Program Coordinator

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