Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies (HMHB) is a program of AllenForce, a not-for-profit organization that serves all veterans from all eras.
Who is served?
HMHB assists veterans who are injured, ill or wounded with the transition to civilian life through health, fitness training and social networking opportunities. Our goal is to bridge the ongoing process of transition between military and civilian life. This being said, we are targeting all veterans, all eras from all conflicts.
What do we offer?
HMHB facilities provide three things to veterans:
Two free one-year health club memberships
Our health clubs are welcoming to the veterans of all eras. One membership is for the veteran and the second is for their PT Partner, who can be a friend, family member or spouse.
Up to 15 free personal training sessions
Our personal trainers are educated on working with special adaptive equipment to accommodate for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, amputations, diabetes, epilepsy and more. Most importantly they are educated on working with combat veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress. We provide this training and hands-on experience in the bi-annual mandatory HMHB workshop.
Free monthly social networking opportunities
The networking opportunities provide mentorship from other veterans, connections with other organizations serving veterans, adapted sport experiences, and a positive, family-friendly and supportive place to gather.
How can we do it?
HMHB has formed partnerships with many other organizations that also serve veterans including I-SAVE, World Sport Chicago/Paralympics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and more.
Through these collaborations and partnerships, AllenForce has created an effective model to serve veterans who have been injured. By applying and meeting the criteria, new partners can join us in successfully and honorably welcoming their hometown heroes.
Where is HMHB?
The pilot program started in Addison, Illinois with Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association and Addison Park District’s Club Fitness.
At the start of our third year, we have spread to 16 other towns including two other states, Indiana and Maryland, and we plan to infiltrate on a national level over the next three years.
The Need for HMHB
There is a need for veterans who are transitioning into civilian life or have been separated from the military for years but never received assistance with their transition.
HMHB is meeting a need formerly fulfilled by the military and fellow comrades through their assigned personal trainer simulating a “battle buddy” for them in the gym. HMHB creates a support structure through the monthly networking events and enables positive community involvement.