Sportsmen’s sits in a neighborhood confronting ever increasing levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Many of these diseases are also influenced by other systemic factors related to where people live, go to school, work, and play. Although prevention research has shown that exercise, diet, and smoking cessation can dramatically reduce adverse health events related to disease, wellness programs must work to dismantle barriers and rectify injustices that contribute to health disparities. Preventive intervention, education and advocacy are most effective when it occurs on-site and people in the community drive the programming to best meet their needs.
We also believe heart-healthy wellness habits must be established early in life, and therefore we extend our wellness program across all age groups, including many youth-based programs. Violence prevention is also a core component of our health and wellness strategy, and thus the Center for Community Wellness (CCW) at STEC also runs in coordinated fashion with our Volley Against Violence evening programs supported by the Boston Police Department.