Some of the things we’re doing at the clubhouse to promote health and wellness at the clubhouse include:
From garden to table…
Chester House recently enjoyed the fruits (or in this case the veggies) of our labor by harvesting our summer veggies from our very own garden for a tasty and healthy minestrone soup. The garden has been a partnership between our Supported Living Program and Chester House members. Larry Wiles, SL counselor, has hosted a gardening group at Chester House where squash, zucchini, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, peppers, lettuce, onions and garlic are currently in our garden. We have plans to try out spinach, greens and winter squash as well as establish an herb garden this fall. We’re also in the process of creating our own compost heap so that in the fall we’ll be able to use our own compost in the garden. Larry is also thinking of starting a worm farm!
From classroom to dining room….
Chester House members and staff have been exploring ways that all of us can be healthier which has culminated in numerous educational/support groups for learning about various health concerns (diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol), smoking cessation support sessions, walking groups, and chair exercise group.
Chester House members along with Cindy Gerry and Wanda Reid (case manager) have gone through several series of the Healthy Lifestyle Groups and electives which include moving away from the old food pyramid to education on the “portion plate” and taking well loved recipes and doing a complete healthy makeover. One of the electives offered includes going to a grocery store and demonstrating how to purchase a week’s worth of healthy groceries for 2 for $40.
In our most recent Recovery Conference, Cindy Gerry, Amy Prewitt, Wanda Reid and 2 consumers hosted a wellness seminar that included a small grocery store setup with suggestions for shopping healthy.
From theory to practice…..
A former Chester House member, who is an RN, comes monthly to provide free Blood Pressure checks and brings small incentives for members who participate. Information from these checks are passed on to the case manager and the member is encouraged to follow through with their primary care provider, if the reading is elevated.
Chester House staff have assisted several members with tracking and weight change and offering suggestions and positive feedback for their progress.
And this is just the beginning…
With all the above, our members are showing increased interest and energy in incorporating health and wellness into their recovery goals and their daily routines.