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Crop to Community Program Connects Local Farmers to Those in Need

May 12, 2020

For every problem, there is a solution—and when community-minded people put their minds and ideas together, they find innovative and creative solutions to multiple problems. That is how Augusta Health's Crop to Community program came to be. "There were many farmers in the community who, because of the COVID pandemic, have excess crops and livestock as a result of restaurant closures and reduction in other buyers. At the same time, and although we've always had people in need of fresh food options, the pandemic has increased the concern for those with food insecurities," says Krystal Moyers, M...Continue Reading

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Growing Awareness: The AMI Farm at Augusta Health

July 26, 2019

Augusta Health is looking to change the way you think of a hospital campus… and cafeteria. We have partnered with the Allegheny Mountain Institute to create a farm on the Augusta Health campus. This project, which launched in 2018, has the goal of increasing access to nutrient-dense foods for not only our patients but the larger community as well. Who came up with this idea, and what kind of impact has it had on the hospital and larger community? We spoke with Krystal Moyers, Director of Community Outreach at Augusta Health and Pat Banks, Farm Manager, AMI Farm at Augusta Health , to find out...Continue Reading

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Improving mental health through community outreach

November 29, 2018

Augusta Health's most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the top health needs of the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro (SAW) and provides what some may consider surprising results about the mental health of local residents. Findings show that 21.8% of SAW adults have experienced symptoms of chronic depression. However, only 14.9% are currently taking medication or receiving treatment from a doctor or other healthcare professional for some type of mental health condition. Between 2012-2014 there was an annual average age-adjusted suicide rate of 18.9 deaths per...Continue Reading

Working with kindergarten students for the Get Fresh pilot program

Getting a fresh start on diabetes prevention

November 28, 2018

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way a body regulates glucose, or blood sugar. Everyone needs glucose to feed the cells in their bodies, and glucose needs insulin to enter the cells. There are two different types of diabetes, though. Type 1 Diabetes is when the body doesn't produce insulin at all. Most with Type 1 Diabetes are diagnosed as children. Type 2 Diabetes is when the body doesn't use the insulin it produces properly. It's been thought of as a condition that comes as we age. Sadly, in recent years, Type 2 Diabetes has become a disease of all ages. According to the...Continue Reading

The AMI farm at Augusta Health

A shared mission for a healthier community

November 27, 2018

The AMI Farm at Augusta Health is a partnership between Allegheny Mountain Institute and Augusta Health to improve the well-being of Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro residents through increased knowledge about and access to healthy foods. Through a sustainable production farm, a broad curriculum of nutrition education programming, and future plans for a demonstration garden the AMI Farm at Augusta Health is actively working to change health through healthy eating. Two specific uses of the produce harvested from the Farm are the Food Farmacy Program, a unique nutrition education program...Continue Reading

Staff checks vitals during the annual Diabetes Day event

What does it mean to be a Community Hospital?

November 26, 2018

Hospitals the world over are places to heal the sick and care for the injured. Most hospitals also work to help manage chronic diseases and keep people healthy. Community hospitals often take it one step further by working to care for and prevent illness for all in the community, including the most vulnerable populations—those without insurance, those without homes, young children, older adults and perhaps just those who feel they are alone. Projects and programs that insure Augusta Health is keeping the Community in Community Hospital. Health Needs Areas of Opportunity Augusta County,...Continue Reading