GENESEE COUNTY — While individuals with all types of abilities are struggling to improve and maintain their health, people with disabilities face similar challenges as well as unique challenges when it comes to their health and well-being. The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD), Genesee County Community Mental Health (GCCMH) and The Disability Network (TDN) are collaborating with other community stakeholders to increase efforts to provide health education, health promotion activities and outreach to individuals with disabilities throughout Genesee County. A fun and educational healthy living workshop for people with disabilities is planned for January 2012. This initiative is funded and supported by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), CDC and the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
The workshop, “Living Healthier in 2012”, is open to individuals 18 years and older, with any type of disability living in Genesee County. The workshop will meet for three consecutive days, Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 10-12, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., at the MTA Conference Center, 1401 S. Dort Hwy, Flint.
Following the completion of the workshop, participants will attend six support group meetings (dates to be determined) for continued support in reaching their goals.
The primary challenge most individuals face is not having the tools and knowledge to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to adopt healthier lifestyles and to encourage and support increased physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and illness prevention. Participants are encouraged to identify their individual goals and learn how to develop an action plan to reach those goals. Nutritious meals and snacks will be served during the workshop and participants will experience the hands on benefits from NIA, yoga and massage therapy.
For more information and to register for the workshop contact the Genesee County Health Department at 810-257-3833 or visit www.gchd.us.— G.G.