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.