By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Hollywood Star News
During 2015, the Northeast Community Center has been celebrating its ten-year anniversary. Part of the NECC’s mission is to support the people and the work of the community. In November and December, the NECC is supporting important community projects, both new and old.
Beginning in November, the NECC’s new Annex will be home to Providence’s 12-week Family Wellness Program focusing on pediatric wellness. This unique offering will work with youth and their families who are at risk for obesity and obesity-related illnesses. According to Megan Barnett, the program coordinator, the program “aims to promote the wellness of children and their families by providing an educational series that is accessible, motivational and supportive while addressing the foundations of whole health through nutrition, cooking, movement and mindfulness.”
The NECC offers a place where participants can engage in weekly activities, family games, and sports that take advantage of the fitness “playground” in the Annex and which emphasize fun, good sportsmanship, and the development of positive fitness habits. Participants and their families also will be working with a registered dietitian and learning about label reading, hidden sugar, and menu planning, as well as experiencing cooking classes at a local restaurant and a trip to New Seasons to explore ways to shop smart.
The role of community in this program is important. Barnett explains that Providence “plans to run this program in locations that traditionally bring people together.” She envisions the model created from this program to extend throughout the Portland metro area – to schools, community centers, or other locations that support an existing community of people as well as healthcare settings.”
While the project with Providence is a new project, the NECC is also pleased to continue its long-standing support of Albertina Kerr’s Make a Wish project. For the past 10 years, the NECC has hosted a Giving Tree in its lobby, providing a place for NECC members and others who live and work in the neighborhood to grant the wish of a child or adult with a developmental disability or mental health challenge. Wishes and gifts have ranged from Trailblazer tickets and toys to blocks and even bikes purchased by an NECC group exercise class. During late November and early December, the NECC Giving Tree will again be draped with wishes that members and others from our community may choose to grant. Board Member Linda Rasmussen, who has participated in the Giving Tree project since it started at the NECC, said, “The work that Albertina Kerr does for adults and children with all types of needs cannot be matched by another organization, and we are delighted, proud, and honored to partner with them.”
The NECC is pleased to support these important projects that strengthen its community. For more information, contact the NECC at (503) 284-3377. The Northeast Community Center is located at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave. Additional information is available by visiting necommunitycenter.org.