There’s no denying the strong connection between mind and body. That’s why Family & Children’s Services – Oklahoma’s largest community mental health center – invests in physical health initiatives, too. A wide range of wellness programs are available to clients, including:
- Smoking Cessation – Family & Children’s Services provides free support, motivation and education to our adult mental health clients interested in giving up tobacco. Referrals are also provided to other smoking cessation resources in the community.
- Stress Management – Group support and education sessions are offered to those seeking better ways to manage anxiety and stress in their lives.
- Healthy Thinking – Participants in this support and education group learn how to restructure negative thinking patterns in order to have a positive impact on physical health.
Additionally, participants in the comprehensive Women in Recovery (WIR) program enjoy a number of specially designed offerings, including yoga, self-defense classes, a structured walking program, Zumba classes and regular health screenings. (Click here to read about an inspirational WIR graduate who became a marathoner as part of her recovery process.)
But wellness at Family & Children’s Services extends beyond client offerings. As Program Director Dianne Hughes opined, “How in the world can we expect this of our clients if we ourselves aren’t well?” To that end, the agency offers a number of employee wellness resources, including smoking cessation support, an annual employee health fair, on-site Weight Watchers meetings and a robust employee assistance program that includes free webinars on time management, aging and other topics, and discounts on gym memberships and other services designed to improve employees’ physical wellbeing.
Through the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership, Family & Children’s Services works to promote better health and generate new ideas that it and other area businesses can put into practice. The agency also participates in the statewide Behavioral Health and Wellness Council which is charged with reviewing state policies and public attitudes on health, and driving improvements in our overall health status.
Since 2010, Family & Children’s Services has been an Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business program began in 2003 to recognize businesses that work to improve employee health by providing opportunities and implementing policies that lead to healthier lifestyles.