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Health Fitness Revolution Helps Homeless Community

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Mental health is a major component of health and fitness. But sadly, America lacks the mental health resources needed to get everyone the help they need. As a result, vulnerable people suffer without the guidance of mental health professionals and necessary medication. Many of these people end up on the street and become homeless, compounding their psychological distress and exposing them to a host of other health issues. Health Fitness Revolution is there to help, providing advice and advocating for better mental health resources.

Fitness and Mental Health

Exercise is an effective method of combatting the side effects of mental health issues. Research confirms that exercise provides therapeutic benefits for those suffering from everything from anxiety to substance abuse issues.

2013 study published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine & Public Health found that “in an adult US population, regular physical activity is associated with a significantly decreased prevalence of current major depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, and specific phobia.” The study goes on to conclude that exercise had demonstrable benefits on physical, subjective and disorder-specific clinical outcomes.

So what does this mean for the homeless community?

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 25% of the adult homeless population suffers from a mental disability. Their illnesses keep them in the cycle of homelessness and interfere with aspects of their daily life. There are precious few resources available to help combat mental illness. By teaching the homeless community the value of physical activity, we empower them to alleviate some of the side-effects of mental illness.

HFR Teaches Importance of Exercise

Of course, you don’t have to be mentally ill to benefit from education about physical activity. All members of the homeless community benefit from exercise and physical activity, which is not only healthy but fosters a sense of purpose and togetherness.

That’s why Samir Becic and HFR have participated in some initiatives to benefit the homeless community. These range from creating fitness programs in shelters to community walks with the homeless, to help teach healthy nutrition and mental health. We are currently working on a big project- stay tuned!

Your donations help us impact the homeless community, by raising awareness about mental health and providing aid to those who live with mental illness.

Helping the Houston homeless community get healthy
Helping the Houston homeless community get healthy

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