Recent upgrades to the Places for People Wellness Center provides persons served and staff members the opportunity to exercise with equipment that rivals any health club.
Funding from SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program (PBHCI) project allowed for the purchase of six new commercial-grade pieces of equipment from Johnson Fitness and Wellness. Johnson Fitness and Wellness took time to deliver and assemble the equipment, and hauled off the old equipment to be refurbished and resold.
“Our folks were using the equipment regularly, but lost that opportunity when more and more of it began to break,” explained Occupational Therapist Greg Seymour. “This will return the opportunity for free access to exercise equipment for all of our folks, and, hopefully, improved health indicators related to increased physical activity.”
Places for People received a four-year grant in October 2015 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the PBHCI program.
This grant program has helped more than 250 people already. It has allowed Places for People to expand and enhance its primary care infrastructure by providing additional hours for nurses directly on treatment teams, and hiring a peer wellness coach and a fitness/nutrition specialist to provide individual and group education. The grand also allowed PFP to open a Quest Diagnostics lab on-site, extend primary care hours for persons served, purchase additional primary care testing equipment, and now the new exercise equipment, which provides opportunities for more people to focus on health goals.
The new equipment includes two treadmills, an elliptical, a recumbent elliptical, a stationary bike, and a multi-purpose gym.
“So far everything looks great! You can immediately tell the equipment is of a higher quality and much more sturdy,” Seymour said.
Previously, equipment included donated items that were geared more toward home use. Unfortunately, multiple pieces of equipment broke beyond repair, which had a negative impact on use of the Wellness Center. “Attendance was dwindling and really had gotten down to a few dedicated individuals who attended weekly,” Seymour said.
The new equipment has reinvigorated use of the Wellness Center. One new piece of equipment in particular provides a new opportunity and allows a greater opportunity for access. “This new recumbent elliptical offers another opportunity for a cardio workout for folks who need to have more support of their back and core while exercising.”
The Wellness Center is also available for use by Places for People’s staff members.
“Hopefully this equipment will see plenty of use,” Seymour said.