Live Longer by Staying Fit
Learn what you can do today to keep yourself healthy and strong.
We offer a number of free evidence-based Health & Wellness workshops including Tai Chi, A Matter of Balance, Living Healthy in Your Community(Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) , Diabetes Self-Management Program.
Healthiness is a mindset. Make healthy living a normal part of your everyday life.
Volunteer & Training Opportunity
Calling all Volunteers and Partners. We are looking for volunteers who share a desire for health and wellness and who are willing to facilitate workshops. Likewise, we are looking for partner organizations who share the same mission and are willing to work with us to increase availability of our health and wellness programs. Please contact Jamie Baker-Douglin for more information.
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Developed at Stanford University, the Living Healthy program addresses all components of living a healthy lifestyle. This program meets for 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of “A Time for Healing” relaxation CD and “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”, which is a book used as a reference text for this program. It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Matter of Balance
Many seniors experience fear of falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear and increase activity levels.
Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals to increase activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and exercise to increase strength and balance. A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. Sessions three through eight include low-impact exercises.
This 12-week program meets twice per week for one hour. Tai Chi is a gentle form of physical activity for elders who have uncertain balance and a fear of falling. Classes are adaptable and the gentleness of the movements helps promote strength and confidence. Participants learn at their own pace, with the help of an instructor, and the movements are ‘elder-friendly.’ Great for those who have arthritis or other chronic conditions. The exercises are adaptable and modifiable (in seated position) to accommodate individuals with varied physical conditions.
Living Healthy in Your Community
This program is an enhanced version of our traditional Living Healthy program and takes place in East Tampa. Like the traditional program, it addresses all components of a healthy lifestyle. The program meets for 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks and participants receive the complimentary book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”. Most often, participants want to continue to meet after the six weeks; therefore, we provide ongoing neighborhood support groups to help participants maintain healthier lifestyles. Support groups are classes that include Healthy Eating on Budget, diabetes classes, memory screenings, and other fun activities. As a reward, when participants complete the 6 week Living Healthy workshop and participate in 3 support groups, they are given their own personal garden boxes, where they can plant their own herb, fruit, and vegetable gardens.
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Host a Class
Our purpose is to serve the community with our health and wellness resources. We welcome opportunities to provide a service. Contact us if you are interested in partnering with us to host one of our health and wellness courses.
Meet Our Health and Wellness Staff
Jamie Baker-Douglin received her Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Behavioral Neuroscience from Chatham University in 2004. Upon entering the workforce as a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh, she realized her passion for public health. In May 2013 Jamie completed her Master’s in Public Health Practice at the University of South Florida.
Jamie is the Director of Healthcare Initiatives at Senior Connections Center, Inc. in Tampa, FL. In this role, she is responsible for directing Health and Wellness and Care Transitions initiatives for a five-county service area. She served as Manager of Health and Wellness and was promoted to her current role in six months upon demonstrating excellent leadership and management skills. Under Jamie’s leadership, the Agency is partnering with eight hospitals to monitor the health Medicare patients.
Jamie has worked in various roles in public health which include, Blood Donor Recruitment/Coordinator and Comprehensive Health Specialist for Employee Wellness. Jamie demonstrates her passion for public health and improving the quality of life of people through volunteer work for community organizations.
Contact Jamie Baker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (813) 676-5566 to host a class. We are also looking for volunteers to become trained to facilitate some of these programs. Please contact Ms. Baker if you are interested in volunteering as a facilitator.
Bardine Hicks is a graduate of Barry University, where she earned a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). As Program Coordinator for the Living Healthy in Your Community project, she schedules, organizes and facilitates both Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) and A Matter of Balance (MOB) workshops in the East Tampa area and organizes ongoing support groups for workshop participants. Bardine works compassionately to meet the needs of the seniors in our community by encouraging, educating and motivating them to better manage their chronic diseases and live healthier lives.
Health & Wellness Administrative Assistant
Karen serves as the Health & Wellness Administrative Assistant. Karen has extensive experience in her field. She is a joyful and engaging person who is always willing to help. She may be reached at Karen.Hollister@sccmail.org or (813) 676-5568.