NEW BRUNSWICK – The Provident Bank Foundation recently donated $7,500 to New Jersey Health Foundation to continue the “Wellness for Life” pilot project at the UMDNJ- School of Health Related Professions (SHRP).
The program provides health intervention for people with serious mental illnesses who are at risk for or diagnosed with metabolic disorders, helping participants improve their physical health through personal goal setting, exercise, education and wellness coaching.
“We are extremely grateful to The Provident Bank Foundation for their support of this program,” said Kenneth Gill, Ph.D., chairman of the department of psychiatric rehabilitation and counseling professions at SHRP. “This gift has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our participants, helping them to take a pro-active role in improving their own physical health by incorporating healthy habits into their everyday lives.”
Each session within the program includes a healthy breakfast or snack and 30 minutes of individually-tailored exercise for participants. Exercise is an important component in the program, particularly for people taking certain medications. In addition, participants also receive ongoing individualized support and reinforcement from a peer wellness coach who is in contact with the individual at the sessions and through a weekly follow-up call.
“We are proud to be able to support the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions with the funds necessary to expand its health intervention pilot project,” said Jane Kurek, executive director at The Provident Bank Foundation. “By partaking in this program, participants can begin to take steps that will help them to improve their physical health and avoid future, life-threatening conditions.”
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