Hearts and Minds Workshop
February 23, 2011

Research has shown that due to a number of preventable health factors, people living with mental illness, on average, die much sooner than others. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in San Diego wants to do something about that statistic! NAMI San Diego will be holding the first annual Hearts and Minds Wellness Workshops and Resource Fair to help people learn effective techniques to better take care of themselves.

People with mental illness are much more likely to have classic heart-risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and hypertension (high blood pressure), some of which can be compounded by some anti-psychotic medications. The risk factor for diabetes and "metabolic syndrome" (a condition that can be a precursor to diabetes) is also greater for those taking atypical anti-psychotic medications.

Join us for the first HEARTS AND MINDS program

WHEN: February 23, 2011
WHERE: Marina Village Conference Center, Baja Room
TIME: 10 am to 2 pm
THE PROGRAM: Speakers will range from Nutrition to Smoking Cessation to Dance and Exercise Movements. There will also be a resource fair with dozens of local health and wellness organizations to help educate the public on how to best utilize their services.

The Hearts and Minds seminar is free of charge and open to the public. NAMI encourages anyone who wants to learn more about keeping their minds and bodies in optimal health to attend.

TO RSVP email: Annie Dunlop at

The opportunity to bring Hearts and Minds to San Diego is through OptumHealth. Since October 1997, OptumHealth, operating as United Behavioral Health (UBH), has provided comprehensive administrative services for 365,000 Medicaid members in San Diego County, as well as for all uninsured individuals and children in the County's child welfare system.

Mark your calendar for Hearts and Minds today. If you need more information, please contact NAMI San Diego at (800) 523-5933.

To download the Hearts and Minds Resource Fair/Vendor Registration Form:

Click Here (PDF Format)

To download the Hearts and Minds Participant Registration Form:

Click Here (PDF Format)


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