Baltimore Medical System (BMS) is building a Healthy Living Center in Highlandtown on a City-owned parking lot. From the lifeless asphalt will soon rise a LEED Certified building, housing a LEED Platinum community health center. On Friday, June 13, we went to their groundbreaking ceremony, which was both heartwarming and well-attended.
Twenty-three years ago, BMS began providing quality primary health care to the citizens of Highlandtown, many of whom were elderly and wished to age gracefully in their own homes. Today, BMS provides care to 14,000 people, including traditional east Baltimore residents, as well as new refugee and immigrant patients from around the world.
This new center will continue to provide the full range of health services for all people, whether insured or uninsured. The new space will allow BMS to increase their patient base to 21,000 and to provide educational programming such as smoking cessation, prenatal classes, and healthy eating in a new community room. As it increases its staff, it will continue to be the largest employer in Highlandtown. Continued
Melaleuca was originally founded in 1985 and now has a line of over 350 different environmentally safe consumer products. They believe that “the products we use everyday should make a significant difference for our health, our families and the earth. The name Melaleuca comes from a plant of the same name which is used as an essential oil for most all of their products.
“The Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center is a place where people can learn mindfulness awareness meditation in order to conduct the activities of their everyday life with wisdom, compassion, and a sense of humor.” Located in charles village the center offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
The vision of the Coalition is “to end childhood lead poisoning and create healthy homes so that every child may grow up to reach his or her full potential.” They work to create resources, programs, and policies for the purpose of eradicating childhood health hazards in the home and create environmentally safe environments for children. The Coalition, formerly Parents Against Lead, is a volunteer, grassroots non-profit group, nationally recognized for its advocacy work based out of Baltimore since 1986. Lend your support by getting involved, giving, or attending a meeting or event.
Evolve Well Studio is a healing arts studio. Offering “individuals from birth to wisdom years”, tools to constantly evolve into wellness. Through yoga classes, therapeutic classes, instructional workshops and personalized programs to find a way to integrate a path to wholeness your body/mind will thank you for.
Green Clean specializes in an environmentally friendly cleaning service for residential, commercial, or mixed use buildings. They focus on using only non-toxic, bio-degradable, and eco-friendly materials and methods. Green Clean, based out of Greenbelt, MD, was created in 2004 by Loren LaVoy and services all of Baltimore and the DC metropolitan area. They also offer to stay until you feel satisfied and offer a job-evaluation survey to maintain a high standard of service.
Sprout is a local organic hair salon for both men and women specializing in your classic trim to authenticity artful “Rock Star” hair cuts “without exposing you to harmful chemicals.” All of Sprouts products are certified organic and even their floors are made with sustainably harvested bamboo and reclaimed wood.