Health and Fitness

Exercise/Recreation Programs

Adult and youth memberships will be offered and exercise instructors will periodically lead scheduled classes to accommodate working adults, seniors, and youth. Target enrollment levels are to be determined according to the facilities acquired and available staff.

These programs will include aerobics, running, walking, weight training, and Tai Chi, targeted toward different age groups. The instructors will also provide information on fitness, cardiovascular health, and diet, and answer health-related questions from members. Justice Way will purchase aerobic-oriented exercise equipment and weight equipment for the program.

Health Fair and Screenings

The Justice Way Development Center will host 3-4 health and fitness fairs during the first proposed twelve month period, inviting groups including the American Red Cross, Heart Association, American Lung Association, Department of Health, as well as a nutritionist and an authority on exercise and fitness.

The purpose of these screenings has to do with encouraging the members of the community to take a closer look at their personal health and wellbeing. Those who begin to recognize the reasons that being healthy can keep them feeling better, saving money, and saving their fellow citizens tax dollars.

Community Guidance Program: Therapy Services

Individual and Group Therapy provided through outpatient services. This division will offer specialized therapy groups to address the needs of children, adolescents, adults and families. Individual, group, marital and family psychotherapy and counseling are to be made available for all ages.

Family-based services will be delivered in the home, school and community.

Services include family therapy, case management, crisis management, and accessing family support services. Maintaining children and adolescents in the home and community is the top priority.

Children in Common

We will offer a voluntary or court-ordered program to assist parents with ongoing communication counseling, therapy, and parental education. The program is designed to teach parents how to avoid placing their children in the middle of their adult complications.

Children in the Middle

This will be designed as a court-mandated program to assist parents struggling with issues of divorce and custody. This is a onetime parenting education class, designed to teach parents how to avoid placing their children in the middle of their personal issues.

Follow-up/Outreach

The JWDC health outreach workers will contact individuals who attended the health fairs, exercise, or community guidance programs. Any of these attendees identified as “high risk” for health, fitness, or mental ailments. The outreach workers will ask questions related to diet, exercise, overall wellbeing, and stress. They will also provide positive suggestions for addressing these risks.

Those with higher risks will be contacted more than once. The doctors, instructors, therapists and outreach workers will process the follow up and outreach to participants.

Many families may have difficulty reading and interpreting their health screening test or other evaluation due to a number of residents who may not be literate or do not read English. The bilingual outreach workers will discuss the results of the screening tests/evaluations, advising individuals on steps they can take to reduce their risk for serious health, fitness and wellbeing challenges.

The Web site PreventDisease.com published the following informative report: “Health Care Statistics: An Issue of Growing Concern”

Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of great concern for many employers and providers of health care services. Here are some of the latest statistics concerning health care.
U.S. Health Care Expenditures:

Preventable illness makes up approximately 80% of the burden of illness and 90% of all healthcare costs.

Preventable illnesses account for eight of the nine leading categories of death. The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world and yet, in many respects, it’s citizens are not the healthiest. (2) More than one-quarter of children without health insurance coverage had no usual source of health care in 1997, compared with 4 percent of children with health insurance.

Uninsured children were nearly three times as likely as those with health insurance to be without a recent doctor’s visit in 1997.

The U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive of systems, outstripping by over half again the health care expenditures of any other country.

In 1997, health care costs in the U.S. totaled in excess of $1 trillion.

Health care costs in the United States exceed 14% of the gross domestic product.

The average cost of health care per person in the United States approximated $3,925 in 1997.

Lifetime medical costs average approximately $225,000 per person.

Some 18 percent of lifetime costs for medical care –over $40,000– is estimated to be incurred in the last year of life.
Despite expenditures in excess of $1 trillion, the number of people without health insurance continues to increase reaching 43.4 million–16.1% of our population–in 1997.

The Health Care Financing Administration’s analysts recently projected that, beginning in 1998, national health spending would again begin to grow faster than the rest of the economy.

By 2002, the HCFA projected that national health expenditures would total $2.1 trillion–an estimated 16.6 percent of the gross domestic product.

(In 2008 total national health expenditures came to about $2.3 trillion. Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, National Health Statistics Group)

Materials on lifestyle issues (high blood pressure, tobacco use, elevated cholesterol and sedentary lifestyle) will be provided. Incentives will include free nutritional refreshments and raffle for exercise equipment, bicycles, and other donations.

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