Health & Wellness
CIHS promotes the integration of wellness and health knowledge as a vital component of recovery and overall health. Wellness is the balance of an individual’s healthy habits related to physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional/mental, occupational, environmental, and financial health. CIHS supports education to behavioral health service providers (both peers and professionals) on techniques and strategies that help individuals connect with primary care and health promotion activities, and prepares providers and practices to incorporate wellness, including illness self-management and peer support.
CIHS engaged the Dartmouth Health Promotion Research Team, under the leadership of Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, to conduct a comprehensive, systematic review of published research literature addressing non-pharmacological lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing obesity and improving fitness for people with serious mental illness who are at risk of myriad chronic conditions and premature death.
MyCare, a collection of personal video and stories of those helped by the Affordable Care Act, is a new educational initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services to help inform Americans about new programs, benefits, and rights under the ACA. Visit www.facebook.com/HealthCareGov or view the videos.
Public Health Action Plan to Integrate Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention with Chronic Disease, 2011-2015, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the importance of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention in a public health context.
America’s Health Rankings®, from United Health Foundation, provides a wide variety of information on the status of states’ health and wellness. For over 20 years, the group has tracked the nation’s health by studying numerous health measures to compile a comprehensive perspective on our nation’s health issues. Search state rankings for facts and statistics or use the interactive America’s Health Rankings 3D map.
InShape is a program designed to help people livinig with behavioral health conditions improve their physical fitness. The Associated Press developed a video discussion the physical health issues facing people with behavioral health issues and highlights consumers' success at improving their health and wellness.