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Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 7 (November/December 2016)

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North Carolina organization receives grant to implement HealthMatters Program Read More...

NM HealthMatters CAP Team featured in ANCOR Links Newsletter

NM HealthMatters CAP Team is featured in March 2013 issue of ANCOR Links Newsletter. Check out full “Building a Statewide Network for Health Promotion” article.

AID Launches "Cruise to Wellness" using HealthMatters Program

Introducing The Association for Individual Development (AID), our HealthMatters CAP Affiliate in Illinois!

To launch their new health promotion initiative, the AID Wellness Committee invited all AID clients and staff to embark on a virtual “Cruise to Wellness” on September 25, 2012. The embarkation was held at two central AID sites and was designed to generate excitement for clients and staff about improving their overall health through simple daily exercises, drinking more water and engaging in the
HealthMatters Program (clients) and Weight Watchers at Work (staff). More than 350 people attended and were energized and excited about improving their health!

The event was replete with tropical décor, a large cardboard cruise ship, portholes, beach chairs and seashells. Cruise passengers received flowered leis, a passport to wellness and a reusable water bottle to promote increased hydration as a crucial first step to better health. They learned about naturally flavoring water with lemons, limes and/or cucumbers to make it more refreshing; reducing sugar intake; making healthy food choices; and the benefits of quitting smoking. Clients and staff participated in blood pressure screenings, pulse oximeter checks, and joined in some simple exercises designed for every skill level (chair exercises, hopscotch, hula hoop, Tai Chi).

AID intends to shift the culture of the organization to one where healthy lifestyle choices are embraced by clients and staff. Health education and daily exercise will become a part of nearly every AID program. The AID Wellness Committee plans to sponsor mini-events each quarter to help keep people engaged.

For more information, please contact
Sue Quillin, RN, MS, CDDN
Director of Health Services and Quality Improvement.
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