UA Camp Wellness Celebrates 50th Camp with Special ‘Jubilation Celebration’

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 3:30 P.M.

LOCATION:   UA RISE Health & Wellness Center
1030 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson

The University of Arizona RISE Health & Wellness Center’s Camp Wellness will host a special “Jubilation Celebration” on Thursday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m., to commemorate its 50th camp and honor students who completed the program.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will speak at the event, as well as Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, chair of the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine. An alumnus of the program will speak and Camp Wellness participants will have an opportunity to share when they receive their certificate of completion.

“For some students, this is the first time in their lives they’ve completed something,” said Camp Wellness center support, Pamela Wagner. “Many of our students never made it through high school or any other program, so completing Camp Wellness is a major milestone for them on their path toward health and wellness. We are proud of their accomplishments!”

Established in 2009, Camp Wellness is an award-winning program of the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Camp Wellness has helped improve the lives of more than 1,600 adults throughout Southern Arizona. It teaches students how to choose and prepare healthful meals; understand the human body and how to keep it healthy; enjoy exercise; and interact socially in a positive and supportive learning environment.

Camp Wellness employs “health mentors” — certified recovery support specialists, who have experienced mental illnesses or substance use disorders and have gone through training to provide peer support and teach classes to others living with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. To enroll in Camp Wellness, please visit fcm.medicine.arizona.edu/camp-wellness.

For more information, please contact Pamela Wagner, (520) 396-2310 or email hwcenter@email.arizona.edu. To make a tax-deductible gift to Camp Wellness, please go to CampWellness.org.

About the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine
The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is one of the top-ranking family medicine programs in the country. The department is known for outstanding pre- and post-doctoral education, groundbreaking research and innovative community outreach programs designed to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in the region and beyond. The department places strong emphasis on research, particularly in the fields of tobacco cessation, substance abuse, obesity and related diseases, cancer survivorship, behavioral health and disabilities and Native American health.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs approximately 4,000 people, has approximately 800 faculty members and garners more than $140 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)

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11/13/2018 - 5:23am
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