Getting Started

Each Member Should Expect To:

  • Meet with physicians to conduct a comprehensive Integrated Individual Assessment to include a Health Risk Assessment and lab work.
  • Meet with a physical fitness trainer to conduct a fitness test.
  • Meet with a nutritionist to review dietary needs and plans.
  • Create an individualized wellness plan focusing on realistic healthy routines.
  • Enroll in specialized classes designed to teach healthy cooking, diet and exercise, stress and disease management.

Our Classes:

  • Stress Management: components of the Relaxation Response by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital will be implemented. Yoga and meditation are two ways by which we will facilitate relaxation in order to decrease stress.
  • Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Restful Sleep: Classes will be sensitive and realistic to a member's financial situation, living conditions, accessibility to healthy foods, and other environmental factors.
    Diabetic Teaching and training will include utilization of the program Journey for Control, developed by Merck to teach through manipulative and visual aids the types of diabetes, how to control/prevent diabetes, medications, and lifestyle changes. The program will be taught by a wellness coach in coordination with physicians, RNs and other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Physical Activity: will not only include access and use of our on-site gym, but instruction on how to incorporate physical activity into a member’s life.
  • Restful Sleep: Members will participate in classes on sleep hygiene and the importance of sleep and its role in good, overall health.
  • Service to Others and Their Support Network: members will learn through their support groups the importance of human connections which is what forms the core of WHAM. Peer support and self-help are essential in recovery. Social support is the most critical factor when it comes to how people handle stress and stressful events. Being able to share experiences allows members to feel they are part of a supportive group that ultimately will allow them to meet their goals.
  • Maintenance of a Positive Attitude and Cognitive Skills to Avoid Negative Thinking: During all classes and support groups and throughout the program, members will be taught to identify positive things in their life, how to increase and facilitate a positive attitude, all of which fosters hope. Hope and a positive attitude are related and research shows the effect of positive attitudes and its results on one's whole health and resiliency.
  • Spiritual Beliefs and Practices and A sense of Meaning and Purpose: Members will be able to access a 12-step program, SMART, and faith based meetings in order to facilitate recovery.
  • Health Risk Screenings: We will utilize a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) that will include identification of the following risk factors that are defined as Metabolic Syndrome, which is correlated to an increased risk for developing Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.