Griffin Center for Healthy Living

Derby, Connecticut

1100

Individuals served in 2021

Lifestyle medicine for health, vitality, and living life to its fullest

The Center for Healthy Living features a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen to help enhance quality of life for Connecticut residents, and take the mystery out of healthy eating. As a community hospital and accountable care organization, it’s important for the teaching kitchen to reach the people who need it most. Griffin Hospital spearheads a community health needs assessment and improvement plan with other community partners and has enduring relationships with community based organizations that address health and racial inequities in the area. They actively screen patients for social determinants of health and make the appropriate referrals to community agencies. The teaching kitchen also livestreams events that are broadcasted to vulnerable communities

Healthy eating is also an important part of managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. The Center provides in-depth education on how people can take control of their chronic condition and dramatically improve their quality of life. Their focus is not only on helping people get well, but also keeping people healthy. Staff and healthcare providers also benefit from a lifestyle medicine approach to promote overall health and wellbeing and how to apply it to the people in their care. The teaching kitchen is the Center for Healthy Living’s arm focused on promoting healthy eating through a combination of nutrition knowledge and culinary skills.

Snapshot

Key Demographics

  • The Griffin Center for Healthy Living holds in-person and streaming classes to a wide audience that encompasses many different age groups and classes.

  • Our focus is on Lifestyle Medicine and incorporating healthy eating behaviors for the under privileged and those that live in lower poverty levels.  

Quick Facts

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1 Physician, 2 registered dietitians, 2 Chefs, 1 Wellness Manager, 1 Director of Population Health, 1 Communications Specialist

Built-in kitchen in community setting, located on hospital campus

IMPACT

This center will empower people to change their health through food, in other words a dose of culinary medicine. Healthy eating is also an important part of managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Our healthy living center incorporates its teaching kitchen and spacious community meeting room to provide in-depth education on how people can take control of their chronic condition and dramatically improve their quality of life.

Michael Desjardins, MBA