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Health and well-being are shaped from a very early age by almost every aspect of a person’s life. Factors such as nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress, and tobacco use affect our sense of well-being and significantly influence risk for developing chronic diseases and obesity. These factors play an early role in shaping how children grow and develop, their health as adults, and even the health of future generations. People living in poverty, those experiencing racial discrimination, and those struggling with mental health conditions or addictions are especially vulnerable when it comes to attaining a healthy lifestyle. These challenges place priority populations at greater risk for developing chronic diseases and other health problems, and for those problems to persist across generations.

At the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, we believe it is critically important to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of poor health and disease within the most vulnerable populations. In response to this pressing challenge, we developed our RAISE Families for Health Program to teach information and skills that can be used to help parents and caregivers envision a healthy lifestyle for their families and achieve their personal wellness goals.

Program Structure

This two-day training is intended for all healthcare providers including peer advocates. The training consists of up-to-date, evidence-based education around healthy eating, physical activity, high-quality sleep, positive ways of coping with stress, and promoting tobacco-free families. Trainees will also receive education and practice on using motivational interviewing skills to facilitate behavior change, along with two 30-minute, semi-structured motivational interventions on tobacco cessation and wellness. The training uses the final half day to instruct trainees how to facilitate the RAISE Families for Health Group – an eight-week, onsite psychoeducational group to support family wellness. Group sessions support goal setting and behavior change around tobacco cessation and establishing smoke-free household policies, as well as improving the quality of family nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress management.

For more information on the RAISE Families for Health Program, please contact us at 303-724-3713 or bh.wellness@ucdenver.edu.