To the Editor:
On Friday, May 4, Healthy Vida, in partnership with Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA), held a blood glucose screening at the Vineyard Grocer store in Vineyard Haven. Thanks to Vineyard Grocer owner Elio Silva, it was a great success. We would like to thank Elio and his wife, Fogaça, for supporting the health and wellbeing of our community.
Healthy Vida is a program of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program that is one of three partners in the Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health (MVPH). The other partners are the VNA and Island Health Care. MVPH is a chronic disease prevention and self-management project, funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Community Health Initiative.
In order to have a successful clinic, we came to the Vineyard Grocer to pre-register participants on two days prior to May 4. Participants had to agree to fast after midnight and forgo their breakfasts so that the glucose testing could be accurate. Marcia Denine, RN, of the VNA, performed the blood tests for 44 people. Elio then provided free breakfast for each of the participants, so that they could quickly move on and get to work. Twenty percent of the participants had elevated blood glucose levels and may be at risk for diabetes. They will now be offered enrollment into the MVPH program, which offers ongoing monitoring of their condition with a primary care provider, wellness coaching, diabetes education, and support for healthy lifestyle changes.
Mr. and Mrs. Silva have also hosted us for a blood pressure screening in March and for a healthy snack demonstration in February. Their commitment to a healthy community and hospitality to the MVPH and the Healthy Vida/Vineyard Nursing Association has been greatly appreciated as we continue to provide community-based health education. It is great to work with a local business that values the health wellness of its customers and the community at large.
Healthy Vida Vineyard Health Care Access Program