Loyola University Chicago dietetic interns participated in the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Day at the State Capital on April 10. They ask for support on legislation that improve nutrition standards for child care centers (HB 196) and improve access to telehealth services (SB 27) , including nutrition. Both of these will improve community health through better nutrition.
Dr. Joanne Kouba, Loyola faculty and Proviso East High School School-based Health Center dietician, led the student group. Dr. Kouba has been involved in the PP4H Proviso East Wellness committee.
Senator Durbin met with the Proviso Partners for Health team to learn about our health equity and systems-change work. His Chicago HEAL initiative is working to reduce community violence with Loyola Medicine and nine other Chicago-area hospitals and the communities they serve.
By Nicole Etta, Loyola University Chicago
The last grocery store in Maywood, an Aldi’s, shuttered on Christmas Eve of 2016. And with it disappeared the neighborhood’s easy access to fresh produce and its health-sustaining bounty of fiber, vitamins and nutrients that can help ward off chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and more.
But Mary (D’Anza) Mora, RDN, CDE ’02, is determined to change that. Mora works for the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing as a Community School and Wellness Coordinator with Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), a community-based coalition made up of Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System, and other partners who are collaborating to improve health equity and economic development in Chicago’s near west suburbs. Drawing on her background as a registered dietitian nutritionist, a professionally trained chef, and a master gardener volunteer, Mora is a woman on a mission: to increase access to healthy foods in the Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview, and Melrose Park.
“We know that a lot of health issues are within communities that don’t have fresh, affordable produce, and this is also a food equity issue,” Mora says. “I feel less like a registered dietitian and more like a social justice worker.” Continue reading
Proviso Partners For Health
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