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Lexington launches wellness initiative

December 27, 2013
The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Lexington has launched a new wellness initiative, Engaged & Empowered, in its day programs.

"Engaged & Empowered" focuses on the principles of positive psychology and uses "Health Matters," an exercise, nutrition and health education curriculum for people with developmental disabilities, a news release said. Several of the initial trainees will soon become wellness coaches who support their peers through a program called "Health Messages," the release said.

On Dec. 20, Lexington held its first "Engaged & Empowered" Day, an event with more than 200 attendees that was held at the new Center at Lexington, located at 465 N. Perry St., Johnstown. Proceeds from the lunch will go toward the purchase of wellness equipment, the release said. Lexington is actively seeking donations to help purchase additional equipment such as exercise bicycles.

Lexington also recently received $6,000 from NYSARC Trust to begin the purchasing of adaptive wellness equipment for the individuals in its day programs. The NYSARC Trusts administer supplemental needs trusts that enable people who have disabilities to remain in their home and community and retain their Medicaid eligible services, the release said. In addition to the recreation grant, the trustees awarded $1,225,500 to support Chapter Guardianship programs. For information on how to benefit from a NYSARC Trust, call 439-8323 or (800) 735-8924, or email

To make a donation toward the purchase of new wellness equipment or to learn more about Lexington's "Engaged & Empowered" program, contact Katherine Ehle at or 736-3909.

For more information about Lexington and its programs and services, visit



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