Health and Wellness


Behavioral Health
 Meets Physical and Spiritual Health

The Wellness Program at Project Transition takes a collaborative approach to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. As part of Project Transition’s focus on a “bio-psychosocial” approach to recovery, there is much emphasis placed on a member’s physical well being.  Adults with serious mental illness have a documented life expectancy that is on average 20% shorter than the general population. Suicide is not the major cause – rather, it is diabetes and arteriosclerotic illnesses.

While there are multiple related causes to what has become known as The Metabolic Syndrome, Project Transition has developed promising intervention strategies including careful medication management, lifestyle modification, and a wellness program that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and stress and tension reduction. Ongoing motivational coaching and risk factor monitoring augment these activities.

The Metabolic Syndrome is a useful medical term that describes the existence of serious health risk factors. It is diagnosed when a person has at least three of five coexisting warning signs that are predictive of premature death: obesity, low HDL (favorable cholesterol), high triglycerides, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure.

An immediate need exists for all of us to collectively invest in a heightened awareness of health hazards and the role of wellness in psychiatric treatment. There is an equally compelling need to implement effective, coordinated interventions that reduce the disintegration of physical and behavioral healthcare in order to promote health, quality of life, and the management of known risk factors.

Areas of focus in our Wellness programming

  • Health Target Workshop
  • Wellness Workshop
  • Fitness Workout: aerobic and strength conditioning
  • Stress and Tension Reduction Workshop
  • Healthy Perspectives / Fit for Life

We stress the integration and maintenance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit.  To that end our members are encouraged to enjoy recreational free time with friends and family. A few of our members’ favorites are skiing, hiking, camping, dining out, bowling, and shopping.


"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."

JP

"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."

Anonymous

"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

News & Events:
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  • Coming soon Specialty IDD Health… more
  • Cherry Blossom Ball more
  • Mental health and the holiday… more
  • Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive… more
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  • Greater Phila NAMI Walk more
  • PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! more
  • Transition Age Youth/ Emerging Young… more
  • NAMI National Convention more
  • Recovery Based Community Services Provider more
  • PAPSRS Annual Conference more
  • National Council for Behavioral Health more
  • 2015 NAMIWalks Greater Philadelphia more
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