What is InSHAPE?
InSHAPE is a health development initiative for individuals experiencing mental illness. The goal of InSHAPE is to improve physical health and quality of life, reduce the risk of preventable diseases, and enhance the life expectancy of individuals with serious mental illnesses.
Studies show that individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, are at increased risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and nicotine dependence. In the U.S., this population has a lifespan that is 20 to 25 years shorter than the general population.
Each InSHAPE participant works with a trained Health Mentor to create an individual Self Health Action Plan for Empowerment (InSHAPE). The plan includes physical activity, healthy eating goals, and attention to medical needs. The Mentor helps the participant implement his/her plan by encouraging participation in a variety of activities that already exist in the community and attending activities with the participant until he/she feels comfortable going alone. Every 12 to 16 weeks, participants attend a celebration where they receive incentive items and recognition for their achievements.
2015 - 2016 Funding Partners:
Speare Memorial Hospital - Community Health Grant
Thank You to Our Community Partners:
Adam's Body Shop
Dartmouth College Center for Health and Aging
Gilford Methodist Church
National Diabetic Prevention Program
The Downtown Gym in Laconia
The Tapply - Thompson Community Center
Weight Watchers in Laconia and Plymouth
To learn more about InSHAPE, contact:
Marshall B. Hatch, III, BS
Genesis Behavioral Health