During the summer of 2022, I took part in a program called MENTOR (an acronym for Mindfulness, Exercise, and Nutrition To Optimize Resilience). The program is a part of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.   A free 8-week program for people with a physical disability, MENTOR, focuses on four areas: mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and health coaching, all through zoom.

When I signed up for MENTOR, I thought I had signed up to get my MENTOR certification, but when they called me for the interview, I soon found out it was anything but that. MENTOR is all about us being educated by the interactive staff. They told me that the classes were five days a week and that I would take mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and health coaching courses. Every type except training was one day a week for one hour a day, and exercise was two days a week for one hour each time.

The MENTOR staff ensures all participants meet their program requirements when they call for the interview. If you fit the needs, they will start telling you about the program and what they expect of you. A week before the MENTOR program starts, you will receive a box of material for the program — everything you need for the exercise class and a journal.

While mindfulness, exercise, and nutrition were self-explanatory, health coaching was unfamiliar. After the first day of health coaching, I understood much more, including the journal’s purpose.

The journal is for self-reflection; it will be your best friend for eight weeks. On the first page of the journal, you will see what is called “MY SCORECARD,” which notes the eleven topics that will be covered throughout the MENTOR classes. For example, when you are in health coaching, you will use the SCORECARD to write about/discuss what the topic means.

I would put my heart and soul into all this writing on the SCORECARD. If I wrote about these topics and related them to my life with C.P., I could reflect on my essays later and use them in my blog. I hope others with disabilities can relate to some of the topics in my writing.

Also, I might interest others in the MENTOR program by sharing my personal experience and all I learned. If you are interested or want to learn more, please email me at ihave.6legs@gmail.com.  

Enjoy the MENTOR and anything else you find interesting on the blog. We are also looking for a guest writer! Please let us know if you would like us to interview you about living independently with your disability or if you’re a caregiver and would like to share your viewpoints with others. Lastly, our YouTube (6) 6 LEGS TO INDEPENDENCE – YouTube is coming soon.

Thank you! We appreciate you stopping by and reading the blog!!!

Love, peace, and smiles.

Yours team W.O.W.C.P.

Published by sixlegstoindependentlifefromawalker

Hi I'm Marie W.O.W.O.C.P ( Work Out With Cerebral Palsy) Just an average person living with six legs. Two on me and four on my walker. I live a full independent life with cerebral palsy. These are life stories and events about how I overcame everyday life with cerebral palsy. I hope by sharing my life story and lessons I have learned I can help others in the world to show them that disability is only a word. Just because our body may not be capable of everything we want to do but with a positive outlook on life we can still get where we want and need to be.

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