Independence Center has created the first on-site wellness program specifically designed for people with mental illnesses. Because people with mental illnesses are at greater risk for diabetes and coronary artery disease, Independence Center created a program that provides health screening, wellness activities and follow-up for the members of Independence Center. It has both educational and motivational components.

Individualized wellness plans include the following:

  • Weight resistance training

  • Cardiovascular exercise equipment

  • Participation in biking and walking clubs

  • Classes in yoga and stretching

  • Weight loss programs

  • Smoking cessation programs

  • Nutritional and health education

The exercise facility at Independence Center is the anchor for the Wellness Center, and offers cardio machines and weight training equipment, a new studio for fitness classes, and onsite locker rooms with showers.