Prevention & Wellness

COVID-19 UPDATE: All classes suspended. Some wellness support provided virtually. Contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380 for more information.

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

  • eight dimensions of wellnessPhysical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  • Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  • Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
  • Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  • Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

Click here for a downloadable Wellness Brochure. 

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM)

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a weekly peer-led support group that meets for eight weeks.
Peer Support Specialists, people with mental illness lived experience, help you create and work on a positive whole health goals, based on one of the 10 Health and Resiliency Factors by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine. Each week. we'll discuss progress and difficulties for reaching our goals. We will support each other in our journey to whole health.


  1. Stress Management
  2. Healthy Eating
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Restful Sleep
  5. Service to Others
  6. Support Network
  7. Optimism Based on Positive Expectations
  8. Cognitive Skills to Avoid Negative Thinking
  9. Spiritual Beliefs and Practices
  10. Sense of Meaning and Purpose

5 Keys to Success

  1. A Person-Centered Goal
  2. Weekly Action Plan
  3. Daily/Weekly Personal Log
  4. One-on-One Peer Support
  5. Weekly WHAM Peer Support Group


Sign up today to work on your whole health by:

  • Attending and participating in 8 weeks of the group
  • Working on one whole health goal
  • Meeting one-on-one with your peer support specialist

Contact Peer Support Specialists: Christine Kint, CPSS, CPRM, CHW or Doug Brinker, CPSS at 517.789.1200.

Click here for a downloadable WHAM Brochure.

Wellness Wednesdays


This is an 8-week program focused on nutrition and exercise for healthy living. This class requires registration for the whole course. Weekly attendance is important for success. This program begins with an educational wellness class followed by a fitness class.

  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Nutrition Class
  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Exercise Class

Classes are held at the YMCA of Jackson Downtown, 127 W. Wesley St., Jackson, MI 49201. Registration required and consumers must attend all 8 sessions. All participants are provided lunch. Please wear or bring athletic shoes.

Register with Chad Lige at 517.780.3380.

Stress Less

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Stress affects us all but with the right coping skills we can decrease the negative effect on our mental health. Come join LifeWays in our weekly stress less activities including music therapy and art classes to reduce stress. Participate in fun activities, eat healthy snacks and learn about community resources to decrease stress!
Each class is different. This is a drop-in style class. No reservations are required. Open to the public!

Every Thursday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LifeWays Meeting Rooms. Entrance in the back of the building. Look for Meeting Rooms awning.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Calkins at 517.789.2490.

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Tobacco & You: Learn How to Quit Smoking

This 10-week drop-in style group focuses on the effects of smoking to help you quit. Open to the public.

For more information please contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380


inSHAPE is an individualized wellness program. All appointments are made individually with a Wellness Coach. Through this program, individuals receive free personal training sessions, education and support to work towards healthy goals.

For more information contact Chad Lige or 517.780.3380

Wellness Coaching

Work as a team with a wellness coach to develop health goals and receive support during your wellness journey. 

For more information contact Chad Lige or 517.780.3380

Cooking For One

Whether you're living on your own for the first time, a single college student, a hard-working adult, or a senior on your own, cooking for one can be fun!

Over the course of six, 2-hour lessons, you will:

  • Learn ways to make cooking for one simple and enjoyable
  • Learn helpful tips and tricks to making healthy choices, like eating well and being active
  • Participate in cooking real recipes for one
  • Learn simple, safe physical activities to do at home
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes!

Collaboration with MSU Extension. For more information contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380.

Dining with Diabetes

Dining with Diabetes is a fun and interactive course series targeting individuals with prediabetes, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, members of their support system and/or anyone interested in learning more. Participants learn to make healthy food choices and incorporate balanced menus into the family dining experience. Classes include research-based education, cooking demonstrations and healthy recipe tasting. Join the program of four classes!!!

Collaboration with MSU Extension. For more information contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380.

Eat Healthy, Be Active

Learn how to eat healthy and get tips on budgeting food in 5 sessions. Class includes group discussions, food tastings, recipes, and activities that will help you:

  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Prepare quick, healthy, budget-friendly meals and snacks
  • Make healthy Eating and regular activity a lifestyle

Collaboration with MSU Extension. For more information contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380.