Wellness Connection

Wellness Connection


The Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Wellness Center is dedicated to helping patients live an active and healthy lifestyle. Our highly trained and qualified staff offers education and support on:
• Weight loss
• Diabetic Self-Management
• Smoking cessation
• Childhood obesity
• Pediatric Asthma

Nutrition & Weight Management Program

Nutrition & Weight Management Program

Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestype is a difficult task to take on. There are often factors in ones life that makes it even more challenging. Our Wellness staff is aware of how difficult it can be and are dedicated to making it easier for you.

The Wellness Connection offers one-on-one counseling, education, and support groups on a variety of nutrition issues with a Registered Dietician who is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. This is essential for anyone with cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, hypertension, and weight-loss goals.

Group Lifestyle Balance ™

The program helps individuals reach and maintain a healthy balance between eating and physical activity. There are 22 structured sessions designed to help patients make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes or to prevent or treat the metabolic syndrome.

Diabetes Program

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center offers patients a personalized Diabetes care plan that fits their lifestyle. Our Certified Diabetes Educators, dieticians, and nurses will help you address such common concerns with Diabetes.
• Counting carbohydrates to better control your blood sugars
• Low fat meals and recipes
• Food intake
• How to use a glucometer
• Foot care

Conversation Maps Education Groups

The group meets for 4 - 1 ½ hour sessions. The group is educational as well as supportive. The sessions are designed to help clients relate the information discussed to their personal health concerns with Diabetes.

Stop Smoking for Good! Tobacco Cessation Program

The Greater New Bedford Community Health Center offers an individual smoking cessation program to help individuals quit smoking by using self-help measures and support.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are committed to working with clients, on a weekly basis for eight to ten weeks throughout their quitting phase. Follow-up appointments are offered every three months for the first year.

Most insurances are accepted. If patients’ Providers are located outside of the Health Center, referrals may be required. Uninsured patients are also accepted.

Ongoing support groups are available to those who have participated in our program.

Benefits to Quitting

After 2 hours: nicotine and carbon monoxide start to clear out of your system

After 6 hours: heart rate and blood pressure decrease (may take up to one month to return back to normal)

After 12 hours: carbon monoxide exits your system, lungs work more efficiently

After 2 days: sense of taste and smell improve, your breath, hair, fingers, and teeth feel cleaner

Within 2 months: energy increases, breathing improves, circulation to hands and feet improves

Within 3 months: cilia (hair-like cleaning system in your lungs) recover and remove mucous

After 1 year: lung cancer risk decreases and heart disease risk decreases to half that of smokers


Appointments can be scheduled by calling the office at the Wellness Connection at 508-992-6553.

Wellness Provider:

  • Janet Vecchione, RD, CDE