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SATHI is Ready for 2019 – Are you ?

As days grow frigid and all of us begin to pine for cozy days drinking hot cocoa by a toasty fireplace, SATHI is out and about preparing for a new year full of wellness, educational outreach, and chronic disease prevention for all South Asians living in New Jersey and beyond.


We want to start with a recap of our event-filled 2018. Together with staff and volunteers, we have reached ~1000 families and hosted six events where we shared healthy recipes, conducted cooking demos, and taste tested many modified versions of traditional south Asian dishes. This year our focus was the Durga Temple. We reached a much larger audience and used attendees’ feedback to improve on our instruction and activities. Our events are now timed with special prayers at the temple, so we can reach more devotees. As 2018 comes to a close, we are inspired by the strides we have been able to make in spreading the message to more and more South Asians across New Jersey.


In 2019, SATHI will be hosting events at the Sri Guruvaayoorappan Temple and at the Durga temple. Devotees will be given the opportunity to receive health screenings, participate in wellness events, and learn creative ways to add physical activity to their regular temple visit. To sign up for the opportunities offered by SATHI in 2019 and meet some of our volunteers, visit us on December 29th at the Sri Guruvaayoorappan Temple from 1-3PM at our recruitment event! Our kickoff event is planned for January 2019  in partnership with the temple Wellness Committee.


We look forward to a successful 2019 and want to take the opportunity to thank our generous funders for their support in helping us provide much needed outreach in our community. We also want to thank the many hours volunteered by Rutgers students, dietetic interns, our event presenters, and the Temple for hosting our events.


Happy Holidays and Happy Healthy New Year to all! We hope to see you next year and have a lot in the works!



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.