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Living with a mental illness can be overwhelming, but we believe in balancing our lives to help overcome the obstacles of our mental illnesses. A great way to do this is to focus on our physical health. Doing so will not only help our bodies to become healthier, but it will also help improve our mental health. Research has shown that physically active people have higher positive self-concept, more self-esteem and more positive "moods" and "affects." More-active people also seem to have a higher perceived ability to perform activities of daily living, physical well-being and other measures related to quality of life.

The H.E.A.L. Project

"Committed to helping people live longer, healthier lives."

To help with our health and wellness efforts, we received a matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to health and health care. The grant is used for our Health Education and Leadership (H.E.A.L.) project, which was created with the goal of empowering individuals who have a serious mental illness to take charge of their wellbeing through physical activity and healthy nutrition skills.

H.E.A.L. Project includes:
-continuous program, on Monday and Thursday
-personal fitness plan designed with a H.E.A.L. specialist
-opportunities to participate in an array of physical activities
-hands-on cooking classes with healthy, affordable food options
-access to Genesis Health Club personal trainers
-leadership opportunities
-peer support groups
All services are FREE to Breakthrough and MHA members!!!

For more information on the H.E.A.L project contact the H.E.A.L. Project Coordinator, Marty Quy, at Breakthrough 316.269.2534 ext. 151, or e-mail

Healthy Tips

-Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar
-Keep healthy snacks, like almond, dried fruit, and trail mix, handy
-Schedule your workouts, and stick to it!
-If you're unmotivated, commit to at least 10 minutes of exercise
-Think of a good night's sleep as a necessity
-Aim for 5-a-day servings of fruits and veggies
-Learn how to say "No" politely when people offer food
-Eat slowly, being aware of when you become full, chewing your food at least 30 times before swallowing


Phase I (May 1, 2016 -April 2019) - Tobacco Initative grant funded by Kansas Health Foundation.

Note: Our agency has been tobacco free now for two years.

Breathe Easy Live Well is an evidenced-based wellness curriculum to assist those who struggle with tobacco use. This goal-setting curriculum includes aspects of hope, self-efficacy, and physical well-being to assist all persons with mental illness progress toward personal recovery. Marty has established a Train-the-Trainer toolkit that can help facilitators successfully implement this curriculum.

Progress of Phase I has been noted in the poster. Phase two will begin in a month on May 1, 2019.

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