Participate in a free 8-week virtual wellness program designed for people who have recently acquired or have an existing mobility limitation. The MENTOR (Mindfulness, Exercise & Nutrition To Optimize Resilience) Program provides tools and education in mindfulness, exercise and nutrition, as well as other areas of wellness to incorporate into your everyday life. Each week, participants are empowered to go beyond worry and fear created by negative thought patterns. Through building resilient habits, individuals can focus on what needs to be done today to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. This program will be delivered virtually.
Upcoming start dates:
June 13, 2022
July 11, 2022
Participants will receive:
- Free adaptive at-home exercise equipment
- Hands-free wrist weights, resistance bands, handled tube bands, yoga block/mat and more
- Two (2) hours a week in exercise training
- Structured to increase the mind-body connection through aerobic, strength, flexibility and breathing exercises
- One (1) hour a week in mindfulness coaching
- Learn opportunities on how to be mindful throughout a 1,440-minute day
- One (1) hour a week in nutrition education/cooking class
- Expand your nutritional knowledge through education, demonstration and counseling
- Adaptive techniques will be covered during sessions
- One (1) hour a week of wellness discussion
- Discuss ongoing sets of decisions and actions that put your health and well-being on the front burner
- One-on-one health coaching
- Explore the time points across the day where more wellness and joy can be invited in
Eligibility to participate:
- 18 years or older
- Individuals who have recently acquired or have an existing mobility limitation
- Have internet access and an internet-connected device
Participants do not have to be located in Colorado or be a former/current Craig Hospital patient. There is no cost to participate in this program, and caregivers are welcome to participate!
Meet Our Coaches
Brian Erickson Clinical Exercise Specialist
The PEAK Center at Craig HospitalBrian serves as the lead coach for the virtual health and wellness program, MENTOR (Mindfulness, Exercise & Nutrition To Optimize Recovery & Resilience). Brian served as a United States Marine Corps Infantryman following high school. Upon discharge, Brian received his B.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Niagara University. This led to working for Volunteers of America Colorado's transitional housing program for unstably housed veterans and families. Embracing his passion for health and wellness, Brian furthered his education with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Through the MENTOR program, Brian aims to empower participants to take control of their own health by going beyond worry and fear created by negative thought patterns and emotions and focusing on what needs to be done today to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. The hope is participants seek to improve a wellness practice or behavior by increasing self-awareness of where gaps are located and how to better manage them across a 1440-minute day. Currently, Brian is pursuing a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health - CU Anschutz. Family, physical activity and audiobooks/podcasts take up much of Brian's revitalizing time.
Vanessa Weikel Clinical Exercise Specialist
The PEAK Center at Craig HospitalVanessa is a Colorado native who enjoys dancing, doing yoga and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Her other hobbies include paddle boarding, biking, and archery. Vanessa has been at the PEAK since 2019 as an intern, aide and clinical exercise specialist. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science degree in health and exercise science from Colorado State University and is a Corepower-certified yoga instructor as well as a certified adaptive yoga instructor. She teaches yoga and dance classes at the PEAK center and is a health coach for the MENTOR program. Vanessa is passionate about neurorehabilitation and loves getting to work with people from all walks of life to help them reach their wellness goals and have fun while doing it.
Sandra "Buffy" Wojciehowski Health and Wellness Coordinator
The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital
Sandra “Buffy” Wojciehowski has been a practicing physical therapist since 2007. A proud graduate of The Seton Hall University, she started her career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where she spent the first 12 years primarily working in the outpatient spinal cord injury department. Her background includes more than 10 years of involvement with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, including teaching the Introduction to Locomotor Course and presenting multiple presentations on locomotor training and best practice advice for treating the SCI population at national conferences. Buffy moved to Colorado after accepting the PEAK Health and Wellness Coordinator position in 2019 and is excited to embark on this new journey. She has a full time Facility Dog from Canine Companions for Independence whose name is Willie, and she attends work with Buffy every day to assist with treatment sessions and put smiles on the faces of all of our clients, their families and our staff.