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 (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) , Diabetes Self-Management Program, Healthy Eating Every Day, Active Living Every Day, Enhance Wellness and PEARLS.
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.
Active Living Every Day
ALED program is based on the “Stages of Changes” Transtheorical Model. This program is for sedentary adults and teaches them tools to find ways to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. “Move more and you’ll have more energy, less stress, a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a healthier weight, and better sleep quality” Human Kinetics.
Healthy Eating Every Day
This 14 week class is packed with interactive learning activities, games, and nutrition information in language that is easy to understand. The Healthy Eating Every Day program follows principles of sound nutrition, written by registered dietitians in agreement with the new dietary standards. Participants will learn to track food intake and assess eating habits to establish workable goals. This program is developed to help people safely and effectively improve their eating habits. People find this course fun and effective because they can get group support and suggestions from others that help motivate them toward healthier eating goals.
The goal of EnhanceWellness (EW) is to maintain or increase the health and functional status of community-based older adults with chronic conditions. The program is designed to identify risk factors for disability and promote behavior change to reverse those risk factors and prevent decline in functional ability. In this program, an EW Coach meets one-on-one with each older adult to develop a plan and support and encourage him/her in achieving the goals of that plan.
This program can be done in-person or via the telephone. Generally, it is best if the initial meeting can occur in-person. This can be done at such convenient locations as a community/senior center or clinic. The rest of the program can be done over the telephone. This is a very useful alternative for people who may not be able to make group classes.
If you are interested in this program, please conact Jamie Baker.
The Program for Encouraging Active Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) empowers people through behavioral techniques to actively manage their depression and improve their quality of life. PEARLS was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is recognized as an evidence-based program by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
In this program, a PEARLS Coach meets with a participant one-on-one in a private setting, which can be in the participant’s home, a community/senior center, or a clinic. The program teaches clients the skills necessary to take action and make lasting life changes to reduce depression and increase emotional well-being through such methods as problem solving, social and physical activity and increasing exposure to pleasant events. Clients are screened for eligibility before entering the program as well as throughout the program.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Jamie Baker.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.