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UK launches free health workshops for developmentally disabled

First session Jan. 25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute has launched a new program to help people with developmental disabilities learn about making healthy choices in all areas of health and wellness, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. The deadline to apply for the free program, Health Partners, is Friday.

dsc02366Participants will reflect upon their current health habits and identify areas in which they would like to improve. Individual goals are chosen and specific steps are identified. Goals can include losing weight, improving friendships, obtaining a specific job, exercising more and eating healthier.

“Research shows that individuals attempting to make positive health changes are much more likely to experience success if they have support and are being held accountable,” said Megan Jaspersen, Health Partners program facilitator.

A pilot program completed in November 2015 received positive results. Participants said they increased water consumption, decreased food portions, lost weight, are choosing healthier methods to prepare food and are more conscious of their daily health and wellness decisions.

Participants will receive the tools and information needed to be successful in reaching their goals. The program also includes six monthly follow-up meetings.

Sessions will take place Jan. 25, 27, Feb. 1, 3 from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Human Development Training Room at the Coldstream Research Campus, 1525 Bull Lea Road in Lexington. For more information visit http://www.wellness4ky.org/health-partners/. To register, contact Megan Jaspersen at 859-257-2304 or [email protected].