Walk for Wellness Highlights 10 x 10 Campaign

“We want to motivate people living with a mental health or substance use concern to move their body, eat well and have fun,” said Colette Winlock, Health and Human Resources Education Center’s executive director. The 4th Annual “We Move for Health” event for consumers, family members and program staff took place in May. HHREC and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services sponsored it.

Desiree Johnson, Downtown TAY Coordinator, and Erin Clark, Peer leader, put pedal power to work making healthy smoothies. Photo by Chantil Brown.

Those participating warmed up with stretching, and did Zumba and chair yoga before walking Lake Merritt and enjoying music and speakers.

In the U.S., people with serious mental health challenges die on average 25 years younger than the general population of chronic health conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, HIV and AIDS).

Experts say these illnesses and premature deaths “are largely due to treatable medical conditions” that can be turned around. For people living with a mental health or substance use concern, the challenges to taking better care of their physical health include lack of coordination between primary care and mental health services, negative attitudes and prejudice, limited access to natural foods and surroundings.

“It’s about increasing the life expectancy for persons with mental and substance use disorders by 10 years in 10 years,” Winlock said.

Darren Linzie, who has been living with a mental health concern for more than 20 years, would not miss “We Move for Health.” After some psychiatric hospitalizations, a 3-year stint at being homeless and engaging in recovery, he has been working for the 10 x 10 Campaign for almost three years.

Linzie, who is an artist and created the “We Move for Health” logo featured on event t-shirts, has given up soda and sugar. “I’m already starting to lose weight,” he said. “It’s a start and I’m going to keep at it.”

For information about the 10 x 10 Wellness Campaign, call 510-834-5990 or visit http://alamedacounty10x10.org


     Walk for Wellness Highlights 10 x 10 Campaign

     Emotions - Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.

     Soul - Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.

     Purpose - Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work.

     Connection - Developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system.

     Having Enough - Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.

     Our World - Good health by being in pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.

     Mind - Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

     Body - Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.
 

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