Why Is Sportsmen’s Focusing on Health and Wellness?
Sportsmen’s sits in a neighborhood confronting ever increasing levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Yet, prevention research has repeatedly shown that exercise, diet, and smoking cessation can dramatically reduce the risk of these events. That same research also shows that preventive interventions and preventive education are most effective when it occurs on-site where our most at-risk patients live, not at highly medicalized hospital and tertiary care centers. We also believe heart-healthy wellness habits must be established early in life, and thus we extend our wellness program across all age groups, including our many youth-based programs. Violence prevention is also a core component of our health and wellness strategy, and thus the Wellness Center at STEC also runs in coordinated fashion with our Volley Against Violence evening programs supported by the Boston Police Department
Equally important, the Center for Community Wellness and its affiliated fitness center provides a healthy, active option for parents as they wait for their children to finish classroom tasks and lessons. Those same adults often serve as caregivers both for older and younger generations in our community, and thus are targeted by our Wellness Wednesday fitness and health education programs. These new programs are crucial for adults in our community, where high blood pressure and diabetes are largely undiagnosed, yet are major causes of morbidity and mortality. As part of this new initiative, nurses and allied health professionals from Boston’s renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital will conduct regular on-site community education programs addressing obesity, nutrition, smoking cessation and exercise—all issues of great importance for the health of our urban community.