Prevention & Wellness

prevention and wellness logoLifeWays Prevention & Wellness Team support the connection between mental health and physical health. Our wellness programs are designed around the Eight Dimensions of Wellness:


eight dimensions of wellness

  • Physical
  • Occupational
  • Spiritual
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Social
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional

Stress Less Events

woman smilingCome join LifeWays in our monthly stress less activity! Find out how to beat stress and cope with life's difficulties. Participate in fun activities, eat healthy snacks and learn about community resources to decrease stress! 

Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays is a drop in program open to the community. It is offered every Wednesday from 11:15 am – 1:30 pm at the Jackson YMCA. The first hour is an education course that has a different focus each week. Some of the topics include nutrition, stress management, and art. The second hour from 12:30 to 1:30 pm is a free exercise class.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you and a friend or family member to learn something new - for free! Class topics may include yoga, art, Zumba, environmental education, financial stability, cooking and eating healthy, reducing stress, and more. Being healthy is about more than your physical health, but about keeping all aspects of your life well.

Every Wednesday 11 AM - 1:30 PM. Educational class followed by fitness class. Please wear or bring athletic shoes! For more information contact Lindsay Baker at 517-796-4533.

safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Training

9/13/2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: LifeWays Birch Room

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

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Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery (NEW-R)

Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery (NEW-R) will help participants to make healthier choices and learn how to cook healthy on a budget! Weekly exercise activities will also be practiced!. This is an 8 week program that focuses on nutrition and exercise for healthier living. This is not a drop in style class and requires registration for the whole course. Attendance is important for success in this program. 

Registration required. Must attend all 8 sessions. Priority given to LifeWays Consumers. To register contact Chad Lige at 517-780-3380.

Tobacco & You: Learn How to Quit Smoking

Learn about healthy living and how to quit smoking with this free smoking cessation group! This 10-week drop in style group session will focus on effects of smoking and prepare individuals to quit smoking.

  • Thursdays from 11 am—12 pm
  • LifeWays Meeting Rooms
  • For more information please contact Chad Lige at 517-780-3380.