NAMI Minnesota launches Hearts+Minds

Free program helps manage physical and mental health

NAMI Minnesota is launching the new initiative Hearts+Minds, a free wellness program designed to educate and empower individuals to manage their mental and physical health. 

Hearts+Minds provides current research and information on how mental and physical health intersects, focusing on how nutrition and physical activity can address symptoms and conditions effectively. It includes information on managing medications, chronic pain, and improving sleep. 

Additional health topics and areas of interest are discussed, along with actionable ways to improve health and wellness with tools, strategies, and simple steps that make sense and aren’t overwhelming. 

“Hearts+Minds has never been more important,” explained Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI Minnesota. “Nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with a mental illness, yet that is only part of the challenge. 

“Those affected by mental illnesses must also cope with significantly increased rates of other serious health conditions, including a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.”

People from all over Minnesota can participate online from Tuesday, January 31, 2023, to Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (every week for five sessions) from 3–4:30 pm. Hearts+Minds uses the Zoom format. 

Participants will need a computer or tablet with a camera and high-speed internet. Register at namimn.org/event/heartsminds. Registration is suggested as soon as possible.

For more information or to request a special class, contact Danielle Thornton, communityeducationcoordinator@namimn.org.

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