African American Leadership Forum

SMART Wellness

Dr. Reba Peoples, of Imara Health & Wellness, will be hosting a 6 month series on African American mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health

The program begins Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at UROC.

Imara Health and Wellness in collaboration with the African American Leadership Forum is pleased to announce the SMART Wellness® series. SMART Wellness® is a holistic framework for developing a healthy lifestyle that places a particular emphasis on understanding how our unique history, culture and identity as people of African descent factors into our experience of emotional wellness.  This progressive and interactive series will introduce a new learning module each month. By the end of the series, participants will come away with a solid foundation for a wellness practice that allows them to have the tools needed to combat stress, overcome overwhelm and live a lifestyle that is consistent with joy and vitality.

Module #1: Getting Unstuck
This module provides a historical perspective on the emotional health challenges that are unique to the African American community and introduces the SMART Wellness framework for cultivating wellness in the face of historical trauma, racism and structural inequality.
Module #2: Dreaming a New Life Into Being
This module focuses on sleep and movement as key in shaping neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to form new connections in response to environment) and combating the effects of toxic stress.
Module #3: Be Here Now
This module focuses on awareness – including mindfulness as a powerful tool for developing and maintaining emotional wellness.

Module #4: Ubuntu (I Am Because We Are)
This module focuses on recognition of Identity and Alignment with purpose as key in the pursuit of wellness.
Module #5: The Food-Mood Connection
This module focuses on the food-mood connection including the importance of nutrition in achieving emotional balance. You will understand how certain foods trigger inflammation in the body and learn affordable ways to make healthy food choices even while on a tight budget.
Module #6: Environmental Alchemy
This module focuses on understanding environment, media and relationships as potential sources of toxic stress and offers concrete ways to cultivate a physical environment that is in alignment with a state of radiant health.
The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411.


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