What is InSHAPE?

InSHAPE is a health development initiative for individuals experiencing mental illness.  The goal of InSHAPE is to improve physical health and quality of life, reduce the risk of preventable diseases, and enhance the life expectancy of individuals with serious mental illnesses.

Studies show that individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, are at increased risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and nicotine dependence. In the U.S., this population has a lifespan that is 20 to 25 years shorter than the general population.

Each InSHAPE participant works with a trained Health Mentor to create an individual Self Health Action Plan for Empowerment (InSHAPE).  The plan includes physical activity, healthy eating goals, and attention to medical needs.  The Mentor helps the participant implement his/her plan by encouraging participation in a variety of activities that already exist in the community and attending activities with the participant until he/she feels comfortable going alone.  Every 12 to 16 weeks, participants attend a celebration where they receive incentive items and recognition for their achievements.

2018 – 2019 Funding Partners:

Speare Memorial Hospital – Community Health Grant

3M Foundation

Thank You to Our Community Partners:

Adam’s Body Shop

Broadway North

Community Wellness Center

Dartmouth College Center for Health and Aging

Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness

Gilford Methodist Church

Gilford Youth Center

Laconia Parks and Recreation Department

National Diabetic Prevention Program

Ninth State Movement

Pemi-Baker Aquatic & Fitness Center

Planet Fitness, Belmont

Plymouth State University

Taylor Community – Laconia

The Downtown Gym in Laconia

The Tapply – Thompson Community Center

UNH Cooperative Extension- Nutrition Connections

Weight Watchers in Laconia and Plymouth

Whole Village Family Resource Center

To learn more about InSHAPE, contact:

Marshall B. Hatch, III, BS

Lakes Region Mental Health Center

Program Manager

603-524-1100 ext.735