Choosing Healthy Options for Wellness (CHOW)


 

CHOW is a service learning program focused on combating chronic illnesses, such as hypertension and diabetes, with nutrition and exercise. The CHOW team believes that the current health care system puts too little focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle and doesn't empower patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. The objective is to empower and educate patients, students, and health care professionals to pursue healthy eating and exercise. This objective is achieved through lunch lectures, leading cooking and exercise classes, developing nutrition curricula, and working with local community partners.

 

 

The hope is that these efforts help people take control of their life so that they can pursue a healthier self. Our current community partners include the Chesapeake Care Clinic, American Heart Association, Five Points Farmer's Market, EVMS Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

 

Learn more about EVMS Medical Education Service Learning requirements.

 

    • SERVICE HYPOTHESIS

    • Teaching healthy eating and healthy lifestyle skills empowers people who may not have the knowledge or skills to effectively pursue health to improve their quality of life and health. 
    • SERVICE LOCATION

    • Examples: Chesapeake Care Clinic, Five Points Farmer's Market, HOPES Free Clinic, and others...
    • SERVICE PARTNER(S)

    • American Heart Association, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
    • PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

    • M1, M2, M3, M4,
    • SERVICE PATH

    • Nutrition and Exercise
    • EVMS FACULTY LEAD

    • Ana Vazquez, M.D.
    • SERVICE SCOPE

    • Hampton Roads
    • EVMS DEPARTMENT(S)

    • Medical Education
    • Points of Contact

    • INQUIRIES

    • Email: ServiceLearning@EVMS.EDU