Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center
The Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center is the result of a collaboration between the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the Baylor Healthcare Southern Sector Healthcare Initiative. It represents a first-of-its-kind facility designed to treat and prevent diabetes holistically through diagnosis, treatment, education, and physical activity. The existing 21,000 square foot Juanita Jewel Craft Recreation Center was completely transformed from the interior. The project also includes a new two-story entry, lobby, and main corridor, as well as a 4500 square foot administrative addition to the south end of the facility. Designed for seamless interaction, the Wellness program and Recreation Center now coexist and support each other maintaining and expanding the existing facility's role within the surrounding community.
The Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center is located in the Frazier Courts neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, near Fair Park. As one of the more impoverished in Dallas County, the neighborhood consists primarily of African Americans with a median income of just over $16,000 and has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The center works to weave diabetes prevention into the fabric of the community, so it is a natural and convenient part of life in this neighborhood.