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What do medical professionals and farmers’ have in common? More than you think! The relationship between good health and good food can be seen across the country in fruit and veggie prescription programs, farmers’ markets setting up inside health clinics, and more.
In Flint, Michigan, when a medical center needed to relocate their pediatric clinics, they pursued an unlikely partnership. Hurley Medical Center announced in January 2015 plans to move their Pediatric Residency Clinic and their Pediatric Specialty Clinic into the second floor of the Flint Farmers’ Market.
While a non-traditional space for a pediatric clinic, health officials say relocating to the Flint Farmers’ Market will help them guide patients and their families through the process of purchasing healthy, fresh foods. The market is also right across the street from the bus station, helping those with limited transportation.
The farmers’ market is open longer and more frequently than many farmers’ markets: Tuesday-Thursday 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Saturday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
According to an article in Michigan Live, the space would be used for all pediatric services, including primary care for patients newly born to 18 years old, as well as pediatric neurology, pulmonary care, surgery and adolescent specialties.
This announcement also comes at the same time as a new “Wellness Hub,” which is a partnership between Hurley Medical Center, the Flint Farmers’ Market and the YMCA. The hub will be a kiosk located at the market and will offer a different health focus and various interactive opportunities, which will include health screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations and car seat checks, among other things.
Hurley Medical Center Officials say they hope to be moved in by late Spring.