Using nutrition, clinical care, fitness, and education—the Homebase Warrior Health and Fitness Program is focused on improving the lives of veterans. “The program as a whole is focused on the invisible wounds that warriors have. It’s a lot of the mental and psychological issues that might come from serving. So the program is a comprehensive look at all that,” explained Pierce Larke, a registered dietitian with Lee Health.
The program teaches veterans about healthy eating, sleep hygiene, stress management, and exercise. “I meet with them individually, and then we set some goals and discuss their nutrition and what they would like to see happen as they progress through the program,” he said.
The goal is to empower veterans to take control of their overall health while providing the tools to help manage stress and overcome any obstacles. “What’s unique about the program is we go to their workouts, so they work out at Florida Gulf Coast University and the Naples YMCA, and at those sites there’s a strengthening and conditioning coach so we are actually there with the strengthening and conditioning coach and then we will grab them afterward and do a nutrition assessment,” Larke said.
Lee Health has partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to create the six-month program for veterans in Southwest Florida. “I think for a lot of people, it’s the sense of having a community,” he said.
A program focused on providing resources and enhancing the lives of our veterans.
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