Knoxville’s Interfaith Health Clinic adding new kitchen to promote healthy lifestyles

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville health clinic which serves people without insurance is finding new ways to help their patients stay healthy.

Interfaith Health Clinic
Interfaith Health Clinic

“It was four years ago, it was a stroke that left me with some pretty immediate needs to be addressed,” said Sandy Wells.

Wells was left looking for help.

“I was unemployed and uninsured,” she said.

The recommendation of a friend landed her at Interfaith Health Clinic.

“They just made me family,” she said.

Since then, she has relied on them from many of her health needs.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that life is about relationships, and they made it clear to me we were going to partner in my healthcare,” Wells said.

Interfaith Health Clinic offers primary medical, general dentistry and counseling services. Now they are taking their services one step further after winning a $350,000 grant last year that has been turned into a new kitchen.

“We’re so excited about having this opportunity to educate, and not just educate, but demonstrate to our patients how to eat healthy, how to cook healthy,” Knight said.

It is a kitchen/classroom combo that will give the clinic the chance to promote healthy lifestyles by going hands on.

“This gives them a chance to watch, have hands on and then taste and go home and try those things that they think their family will like,” Knight said.

It is a chance for Interfaith to grow while continuing to help their patients.

“I think it’s a one in a million chance for me to be involved, and for me to be a part, and for me to be a little piece of what’s going on,” Wells said.

Recipes from¬†Food City’s registered dietitian for the Interfaith Health Clinic:

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