DCHHS' Community Farm Stand
Dallas County Health and Human Services partners with Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center to promote consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
Ongoing pop-up farm stands are scheduled to occur twice monthly every second and fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first-floor lobby at 2377 N Stemmons
People generally get most of their food from either food retail venues, where they buy foods to prepare and eat from home, or from food service venues, where they eat away from home. Grocery stores, corner stores, and farmers’ markets are examples of food retail venues. Restaurants (including quick serve), child care facilities, schools, hospital and worksite cafeterias are examples of food service venues (CDC).
Having healthy food available and affordable in food retail and food service settings allows people to make healthier food choices. When healthy foods are not available, people may settle for foods that are higher in calories and lower in nutritional value. Thus, creating and supporting healthy food environments is an important part of public health work.
In a continued effort to promote workplace wellness, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) signed an agreement with Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center (BSW HWC) to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to County staff and the community at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy.
BSW HWC expanded farm stand operations to the DCHHS Stemmons location on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Ongoing pop-up farm stands are scheduled to occur twice monthly every second and fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first-floor lobby.
“Collaborating on this project with Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center is an innovative project that continues DCHHS’s mission in promoting a healthy community and environment to Dallas County and its employees,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “At low cost, the farm stand offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are easily accessible to Dallas County employees and the community.”
“The partnership represents an ongoing effort to promote health through nutrition and physical activity, one person, one family, one community at a time,” says Donald Wesson, MD, MBA,
president of the Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center and senior vice president of Baylor Scott & White Weight Management Services. “We are excited about our promising partnership with the Health Department, which facilitates spreading of our strategies to promote health across multiple communities to achieve our mission of enhancing health in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and beyond. Our innovative model of health and wellness can be replicated in other cities and other sites”.
The partnership expands the number of BSW HWC community farm stands to eight locations. BSW HWC is one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s community care clinics in its eighth year of operation and service to the community.
For more information on BSW HWC visit https://www.bswhealth.com/locations/health-and-wellness-center