Health and Wellness Program
Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. offers a Health & Wellness program designed to educate and encourage healthy living for individuals with disabilities. Abilities recognizes that health and wellness are important in one’s daily life for the prevention of disease and the promotion of overall good health and well-being. Our Registered Nurse created a core curriculum that staff use to plan and implement into daily program schedules.
Goals of the Health and Wellness Program
A healthy physical body contributes to a healthy mind and a long life. Together we learn about germs and what we can do to remain well.
Covered topics include common illnesses, injuries, simple first aid, recognizing an emergency and what to do. Learning about why we may have to take medications is also important to maintaining or improving health.
Learning to choose the right foods is important in keeping our bodies healthy and helping to prevent disease. Together, participants learn to recognize healthy vs. unhealthy foods and how to pick healthy food items from a menu.
Cooking clubs cover topics such as nutrition, developing a healthy food menu, food preparation, and proper food storage.
Proper personal hygiene is important for good health and reduces the risk of disease or medical conditions that arise due to bad hygiene habits.
Hygiene also influences first impressions and relationships with people in our lives. Areas of focus and instruction are provided both on an individual and group-setting basis.
Weekly exercise programs incorporate equipment such as hand weights, resistance bands, under desk chair elliptical, educational activities, and games to accompany general health education.
Alternative or modified forms of exercise are offered to those with limited mobility, including professional resources for Tai Chi, Yoga, and seated Zumba classes. Outside activities such as a daily stroll with staff at the park or tending a community garden are some of the alternative exercise activities many enjoy.
We must be safe in our environments both at home and at work in order to remain healthy. Personal safety topics explored are fire safety, using a fire extinguisher, identifying poisonous or dangerous substances and what to do.
We cover emergency evacuations, car and pedestrian safety while in the community, telephone safety, answering the door or telephone safely, and more.
Many individuals need to take medication daily to stay healthy. Topics covered related to medication include understanding the different forms of medication, why we need to take medications a certain way, and proper storage to prevent accidents.
Participants learn about a variety of topics covering areas such as planning a healthy menu, writing a grocery list, learning about food labels, using various kitchen appliances and utensils, and learning about kitchen safety.
Topics and activities related to home and work environments are explored and practiced. Our environment plays a key role in overall health and injury prevention. Together we practice daily to keep our work environment clean and organized.
Dressing & Clothing Care
The way we dress and how we dress for the weather conditions and seasons is important to our health. Instruction is provided on clothing selection for each season or weather condition. The washing, storage and care we give to clothing is an important element in our overall hygiene.