Fusing Fitness With Mental Health Treatment in Supportive Housing and Related Settings.


In 2011, I began working as a case manager at an East Harlem supportive housing site for adults with mental illness who have experienced homelessness. I had never worked with underserved adults, and I quickly noticed that the majority of tenants experienced obesity and related issues, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and joint problems. Indeed, almost every client experienced a combination of those chronic, preventable health conditions.  Read more at



How exercise affects your brain.

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Exercise is clearly good for our bodies, but the benefits of a good workout go far beyond the physical. Along with a lower resting heart rate, decreased disease risk, and improved endurance (plus much more), physical activity offers huge mental and psychological benefits. Really, working out is the closest we’ve come to a wonder drug. Here are a few of the research-backed mental benefits of exercise: More info about exercise and the brain. Recent studies indicate that even one hour walk a week can mitigate depression and stress symptoms. Read more at http://www.businessinsider.com/how-exercise-affects-your-brain-2016-3 http://www.businessinsider.com/how-exercise-affects-your-br…

Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands.

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ObamaCare groups: If Trump won’t, we will.

ObamaCare groups are launching a massive campaign to enroll Americans without health insurance after President Trump slashed the budget for enrollment promotion by 90 percent and cut the enrollment period in half.Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands. With the Trump administration cutting back on advertising and outreach, outside groups are mobilizing for a massive, nationwide campaign for the next ObamaCare enrollment period. They say it’s up to them to get the word out. “Going into this year, whichever way you look at it, you don’t have the support of the administration and, frankly, it’s one that’s actively trying to sabotage the efforts and make sure people don’t get health insurance,” said Katie Keith, steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a national group that launched in 2013 to help LGBTQ people enroll in ObamaCare. Read more at http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/353958-obamacare-groups-if-trump-wont-we-will

Why We’re Gaining More Weight Than Our Ancestors.

Why We’re Gaining More Weight Than Our Ancestors

More often than not, people attribute weight gain to bad food or lack of exercise. But one study suggests that the rise in obesity since the 1970s has not been caused by either! Here are 6 reasons why. The sad truth about society today is that we’re growing. We’re not referring to growing in numbers, but waistlines. We are now a more obese population now compared to our ancestors, despite the medical advances we have that they didn’t. While we do lead a more sedentary lifestyle – we aren’t hunting our food or growing our own – one study found that there may be more to it than just eating more and moving less. Click on image above for more information.

Walking your dog is brilliant for your mental health, study finds.

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Going for a lovely walk with your favourite pooch is always an enjoyable experience, especially if it’s against the backdrop of our great British countryside. But according to a new in-depth study, not only are these ‘walkies’ fun and great for fitness, they are also fantastic for your mental health. The research, by psychologists at the University of Liverpool, suggests that humans get just as much as their pups from their regular strolls. Read more at http://www.countryliving.co.uk/wildlife/pets/news/a2408/walking-dog-mental-health/?utm_content=buffer9e662&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The 10 Most Common Signs of Fibromyalgia.

Causing widespread pain to an estimated 5.8 million people in the United States, Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that amplifies the way the brain processes pain, often leaving the body’s pain receptors in hyper drive. The condition causes widespread pain—and in turn fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression—and typically begins following some type of severe physical trauma, such as an accident, surgery, or massive psychological stress. Fibromyalgia patients complain of a myriad of symptoms associated with pain throughout the entire body. Here are the ten most common symptoms of fibromyalgia…Read more at http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-10-most-common-signs-of-fibromyalgia/