SICM Programs: SpirituallySound / Physically Fit
The Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM), in conjunction with several congregations and the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Schenectady YWCA, offers a physical fitness and nutrition program to help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as weight and blood pressure rates among members. SICM was able to expand the program this year with additional congregations and the Schenectady Damien Center (part of SICM) through a special grant from the NYS Health Foundation.
The basic premise of Spiritually Sound-Physically Fit is that many people have the proper information about ways to improve their health but need support in changing habits. What is needed is not more education, but a strategy. The values and beliefs shared in religious congregations make them an ideal “network” for fostering and encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Participants keep track of daily fitness activities, and get support from a fitness buddy. They have periodic weight, body mass and blood pressure checks, and receive nutrition tips and recipe modifications. Prizes are awarded for meeting personal goals!
Benefits of participating in this program include: weight loss, reduction of hypertension, decreased risks of developing diabetes, decreased risk of heart disease, and in general, feel better and have fun!