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Collaboration is Key To Success

SATHI-SEHAT is very pleased to share that we have collaborated with a volunteer physician group at the Sri Guruvaayoorappan Temple in Morganville, New Jersey.  As we start to serve a new South Asian community in year two of the grant, we are starting out with the immense power of collaboration.


This physician group volunteers, usually on the last Sunday of each month. They provide free medical consultation to devotees that are uninsured or underinsured. Joining them are a group of Rutgers pre-med students that offer free biometrics; blood sugar, blood pressure, BMI, and waist circumference. Lions Club of Central Jersey provides free vision testing. We at SATHI -SEHAT brought nutrition to the mix.


Our Registered Dietitian, Shailja Mathur, received nutrition related questions from devotees that were referred to our table. Those that stopped by also received an education on the popular grain-quinoa. We distributed portion-controlled version of a healthy “Quinoa Chaat”. A “chaat” is similar to a cold salad in North Indian cuisine and can be prepared with a variety of different ingredients. We also distributed recipe cards for participants to take home; we hope our local community will try to prepare this delicious yet simple and healthy recipe at home for themselves and their families. Our recipe is loaded with vegetables and a spice blend with lemon juice.


We hope to be back next month with more. It was a busy and fulfilling day!


About the Grantee

South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

SATHI The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) was established in 2007 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the mission to improve health outcomes in South Asians living in the United States. SATHI serves as a platform to engage multidisciplinary professionals such as researchers, health practitioners, public health experts, community-based organizations and community members.