HEALTHY LIVING -- A Vision Mentors program that uses a combination of classroom learning, application, and accountability. The Healthy Living curriculum begins with the importance of self esteem and progresses through various stages including healthy self, healthy relationships and healthy community. Individuals learn that a healthy lifestyle is important in both their personal lives and in community employment.
The diagram on the right illustrates the four stages of this program indicating the importance of each building block.
Building Block #1 - SELF ESTEEM:Vision Mentors believes that positive self-esteem is the first building block to a healthy lifestyle. Positive self-esteem includes knowing ourselves, liking who we are, and understanding the things we can and we cannot change about ourselves.
Building Block #2 - HEALTHY SELF:Having a healthy self is being healthy in body, mind, and soul. Good personal hygiene, exercise, and a proper diet help us achieve a healthy body. Having an understanding of vitamins, fats, sugars and knowing what makes a well-balanced meal helps individuals be able to follow a proper diet. Learning to think positively, understanding stress, and learning coping skills are especially important in taking care of our minds.
Building Block #3 - HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:Relationships are important in everyone’s life and learning how to be a good friend often comes from experience. We not only teach important skills such as knowing the difference between strangers, acquaintances and friends, we teach appropriate boundaries within these relationships. Individuals learn what makes a friend, how to be a friend and how to nurture friendships; and because application is a key to developing and keeping friends, the Healthy Living Program gives the individuals opportunities to apply what they learn.
Building Block #4 - HEALTHY COMMUNITY:All of the building blocks work together in developing an individual’s ability to be healthy in community, including community employment. Good personal hygiene, managing stress, coping skills and problem solving, and knowing how to have positive relationships with peers, including appropriate boundaries and communication, give individuals the confidence to be more independent in the community and successful in community employment.