As 2011 closes, we might be reviewing the past 12 months and the changes we’d like to make in the months ahead.
It takes time and effort to create changes that will improve our circumstances and make us feel better about our life and ourselves. What better time to start those changes than at the onset of the new year?
To help explore the possibilities and paths to those changes, Rim Country Health is presenting a program from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15.
This free class is designed to assist in identifying “emotional gaps” and implementing solutions to promote overall well-being.
“Because Rim Country Health is locally owned and operated, we can offer these programs for free. It is a way of investing back into the community,” said Lisa Schultz, the rehabilitation director.
The presentation is the final one of Rim Country Health’s inaugural Community Wellness Program.
Schultz said the six dimensions of wellness would be discussed at the Dec. 15 program, which she will present.
Wellness, for the purpose of the program, is an active process of becoming more aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence through a multi-dimensional approach to health, Schultz said.
The six dimensions of wellness are: social, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and intellectual, she explained.
Social wellness is understanding and valuing the interconnectedness between human beings; respecting family and community through effective communication; recognizing the importance of a healthy living environment and respect for the natural world; striving for the positive; and interdependent relationships that foster harmonious living.
Physical wellness is making health a priority to being regularly physically active and making proper nutrition choices; being aware of how our body best functions, how we feel and how we manage stress; creating balance by making positive health choices.
Emotional wellness is being emotionally self-aware by accepting, managing and expressing feelings; seeking out and nurturing trusting, committed and mutually-respectful relationships; having a positive outlook and recognizing challenge, risk and conflict as opportunities for emotional growth.
Spiritual wellness is realizing the importance of questioning the meaning and purpose of life and the lives of others; appreciating that not everything can be understood; becoming tolerant of other viewpoints while still holding fast to personal values, goals and purpose; developing a sense of unity and wholeness; and turning thoughts into action.
Occupational wellness is finding satisfaction in rewarding and meaningful work that utilizes unique personal skills and talents and enhances lifestyle; expressing values and commitments through paid or volunteer work.
Intellectual wellness is a simple commitment to life-long learning and personal development; seeking out opportunities beyond “book knowledge” that include creativity, critical thinking and being intuitive and expressive.
The 2012 Community Wellness Program educational presentations will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. The topics to be covered are: fall prevention, January; osteoporosis exercise, February; joint replacement exercise, March; seated exercise, April; conservation as a way of life, May; stretching techniques, June; body mechanics, July; caregiver education, August; joint replacement surgery, September; living with Alzheimer’s, October; wheelchair positioning and postural strengthening, November; emotional well-being and activity, December.
The gym will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays. It is newly remodeled and activity is supervised by a certified physical therapist. New participants at the open gym must have written clearance from their primary care provider indicating that it is OK for them to exercise.
Schultz said the most popular program in 2011 was the one on Alzheimer’s and as a result, a support group was organized. It had its first meeting Dec. 7 and will meet regularly from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
Rim Country Health is located at 807 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-1120 and ask for rehab director, Lisa Schultz.