Goodwin Community Health is pleased to announce a new spring session of its popular Empowering Whole Health group beginning May 3, 2016.  Empowering Whole Health is a wellness support group that provides learning and encouragement to help increase overall health and wellness.  The group is open to adults who suffer from chronic conditions, mental health or substance use disorders such as diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Eating right, getting your body moving, building support systems, and taking proper care of your physical and behavioral health conditions is what this group is all about.  Past participants and doctors all agree that paying attention to all of these issues in a group setting brings excellent results to group members.

During the winter session, five members lost a total of 59 lbs., three got new jobs and three reported significant improvements in managing anxiety and depression.

Here is what people are saying about the most recent winter session:

  • ‘The group was a very positive experience, thank you for offering it’
  • ‘Nice to have others to talk to, enjoyed it thoroughly!’
  • ‘I felt honored to lead this incredible group of people!  Thank you so much for the opportunity, it has been life changing!’
  • ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this group!’

Empowering Whole Health is free and open to the public. The program runs for 11 weeks and meets on the second floor of Goodwin Community Health. The first 3 weeks consist of the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training where group members learn the importance of one-to-one peer support, how to do weekly action plans, lead their own groups and create a daily/weekly personal log. The remaining eight weeks will consist of weekly peer-run group support sessions. Group members can expect to discuss ways to reduce stress and create a more positive self-image.  Participants in these support sessions have the opportunity to connect with others in on similar journeys to better fitness and wellness.

Those interested in signing-up can contact Megan Atkins at (603) 994-6356 or matkins@goodwinch.org. For more information on Empowering Whole Health visit, http://goodwinch.org/community/empowering-whole-health/.

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