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​How you implement the HEALS program​ is up to you. There are many options of classroom education, groups, and extracurricular activities; so many, that it might be overwhelming. Here is an option of how to implement the program. Feel free to tweak it or drastically change it.

Step 1

New students arrive at the Health and Wellness Center for their cursory examination. Along with the other paperwork, students complete the HEALS Questionnaire. Based on the responses to the HEALS Wellness Questionnaire, the nurse follows the steps on The Role of Wellness in HEALS guidance. After speaking with the student, revisit Question 7 on the HEALS Questionnaire; Allow student to change their response. A copy of the questionnaire is placed in the student health record and a photocopy is given to the student to take to their orientation with the recreation department.

If student responses indicate a need for a mental health referral (per The Role of Wellness in HEALS), follow center protocol for a referral to the center mental health consultant.

The nurse also measures the student's weight, calculates BMI, and enters the BMI into the student's health record and into CIS.

Step 2
New students attend an orientation in recreation. During this orientation, the recreation manager and the HEALS coordinator(s) (if not the same person) meet with the new students. The HEALS coordinator collects the HEALS Questionnaire. The recreation manager and HEALS coordinator explain to students that:
  • They want students to have ever​y opportunity to be healthy on center
  • There are some things that support health that everybody receives as part of the Job Corps program, including:
    • Healthy options in the cafeteria and information on who to speak with regarding dietary requests
    • Lessons about healthy eating and exercise during CPP
    • Medical services
    • Dormitory activities that support wellness
  • There are other activities that are available to students only if they want to participant. These include:
    • An assortment of recreational activities (list activities, distribute schedule, tell students how they can voice their requests)
    • A person to speak with one-on-one for help. Explain how to schedule an appointment with the HEALS coordinator, someone from recreation, or the Health and Wellness Center, depending on their needs
    • Any groups or clubs on center (e.g., weight management, Foods and Moods)
Step 3
The HEALS coordinator and/or recreation staff meet with any student who requests an appointment (Question 7 on the HEALS questionnaire).
Step 4
​Once a month (or however often is necessary), those involved in the program review HEALS Questionnaires and discuss program changes. HEALS Implementation Self-Evaluation and Sports and Fitness Program Self Assessments are completed annually.
Step 5
Students participate in various aspects of the program. Those who are interested have follow-up sessions with the HEALS coordinator and/or recreation staff.
Step 6
Counselors follow up with students at meetings. If a student's needs change, he or she should be referred to the HEALS coordinator.
Step 7
Students receive guidance during the Career Transition Phase. Suggested worksheets are listed in the How Our Health Choices are Affected by the World Around Us/Advocacy lesson.
Step 8
BMI is calucated on exit.

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