In 2013, Sportsmen’s broke ground on the first phase of a two-level health, wellness, and education center which now provides us an “under one roof” space in which to conduct our health and wellness programming. Importantly, the ground floor includes a new fitness center, a core component of our programs in obesity reduction, nutrition, and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease. At the Center for Community Wellness (CCW), we believe that movement is medicine.

Brigham and Women’s at Sportsmen’s:
A Sustained Long-Term Commitment

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is world-renowned in virtually every area of adult medicine. The Brigham Health mission is dedicated to serving the needs of its local and global community.

The Center for Community Wellness was created to provide residents of the Blue Hill Corridor of Boston with health education and programs on topics such as nutrition, weight reduction, and diabetes prevention in a non-clinical environment, together with access to the tools and training in healthy living will help fulfill this mission in its own backyard. Further, BWH believes that Sportsmen’s is uniquely positioned to deliver this programming, leveraging their trusted relationship with hundreds of families in the local community.

…educating people about the importance of health care in my opinion is one step closer to developing a better educated resident that will be better at taking care of their selves. Since this pandemic hit, all that is talked about is symptoms, and we have been at the forefront of that, one person, one group at a time from Boston to New Your City to the Virgin Islands. Yes, you, Gayna and the Brigham Women’s staff are doing an amazing job. So, my hat’s off to you guys…

Ted Lewis

Why Is Sportsmen’s Focusing on Health and Wellness?

Sportsmen’s sits in a neighborhood confronting ever increasing levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. It is clear that exercise, diet, and smoking cessation can dramatically reduce the risk of these events. And prevention-focused interventions and health education are most effective when delivered on-site where patients live, not in highly medicalized hospitals and tertiary care centers. At the CCW, physicians and allied health professionals conduct regular on-site community education programs addressing obesity, nutrition, smoking cessation and exercise—all issues of great importance for the health of our urban community. Given our longstanding history and trusted reputation here in the Blue Hill Corridor community and our close partnership with an esteemed health delivery system like BWH, we are in a unique position to help advance health and health equity for our amazing community through the Center for Community Wellness.