Overview: Client Health and Wellness Activities
Last June, we added new emphasis on healthy eating in our residences when we implemented a rotating, healthful menu developed especially for Rimland by a registered dietician. In addition to giving the organization expert insight and advice on nutrition and menu components, the dietician gave cooking demonstrations to teach staff members food preparation techniques relevant to the dishes on the new menu.
While maintaining an emphasis on healthy eating, clients are encouraged to exercise daily in Developmental Training and, as much as possible, in the course of engaging in community activity events and programs. All participants have the opportunity to visit the YMCA once per week for swimming. Other fitness activities include open gym sessions in which clients may play basketball and roller skate. The upcoming spring season will be an opportunity to incorporate more outdoor sports and recreational activities into the community events schedule, in addition to excursions to dinner and to see films. We are also considering a pilot program that offers some clients the opportunity to attend a local fitness center and participate in a planned meal program such as Jenny Craig.