Our LIFT program was designed to help motivate, energize and inspire others to believe in themselves while unleashing their full potential. In each lift session we motivate members to push forward and create a more positive mind frame. We have seen our participants gain confidence which has inspired them to get jobs, improve their health, and lift their spirits in all areas of their life.
Every session in the LIFT program includes a cardiovascular and strength workout that is geared for any fitness level. Our highly credentialed trainers lead boot camp style group exercise and our volunteers lead walking and jogging programs or help to motivate throughout each session. We track the participants progress by recording their weight and waist measurements every week. We also give them pedometers and track their steps. At our closing ceremony, we recognize their achievements and hand out awards for perfect attendance, most pounds lost, most steps taken, and more. In one of our programs, one participant walked 217,000 steps in 4 weeks, which for most people translates to around 100 miles! The exercise piece of the program is vital in helping to improve our participants bodies and lives.
Nutrition is such a large part of the health equation which is why our LIFT program incorporates nutrition education and provides cooking demonstrations for the participants. We teach them what to eat, when to eat and what foods will help to nourish their body to help improve overall health. We have Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and Professional Chefs come in to teach participants how to cook, shop on a budget and know the appropriate portions of food to get and stay healthy. In addition, we provide healthy snacks and recipes to our participants to help feed their souls nutritionally.
Our focus is to transform the lives of those in need. The motivation provided by the JWFF staff combined with the exercise instruction and nutrition education helps improve each members physique, stress level, sleep, confidence, energy and overall health. We help those in need feel like they are a part of something, to be accountable to someone, and most importantly prove to themselves that they can overcome resistance, push past obstacles and make better choices. The LIFT Program contributes to each participant’s job readiness by providing resume writing and interview skills coaching sessions, as well as consultations with vocational specialists to improve their knowledge of job opportunities in the community. The LIFT program focuses on motivating each participant to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually which empowers them to believe in themselves and pursue employment with increased confidence.
As an end result, this is what transforms their lives.