In-SHAPE Program

In-SHAPE - Shaping The Future Of Mental Health

Exercise & Nutrition Wellness Program


Justin McHugh, BA, CPT

Health Mentor



In-SHAPE is a wellness program designed especially for people who have a severe mental illness.



  • Improve physical health
  • Increase quality of life
  • Reduce the risk of diseases
  • Enhance length of life
  • Teach ways to reduce stress

In-SHAPE helps you learn to set fitness goals. It helps you exercise. It teaches you how to eat healthy. In-SHAPE also teaches you how to pay attention to your medical needs. Every 12 or 24 weeks, the In-SHAPE health mentor will host a small celebration rewarding each person for doing a great job.


Exercise- Your Health Mentor will:

  • Monitor your exercise program
  • Go with you to the gym
  • Give home exercise programs
  • Teach about home exercise equipment
  • Show how to use exercise
  • Show how to perform low impact exercises without equipment

Nutrition- Your Health Mentor will:

  • Show how to make a healthy shopping list
  • Teach how to shop and cook
  • Review your weekly food log
  • Teach healthy eating habits


To join In-Shape you must:

  • Receive services from your local County Community Mental Health in Lapeer, Sanilac or St. Clair.
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a severe mental illness
  • and have one or more of the following:
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes (Type I or II)
  • Obesity (BMI 30 or greater)

If you or someone you know is interested in the In-SHAPE program, talk to your case manager or clinician.


How In-SHAPE supports recovery:

  • Offers a choice for a wellness program
  • Encourages personal control and skill over one's physical health
  • Each person feels valued, welcomed and accepted
  • Core values of hope, choice and personal responsibility
  • Focuses on the link between physical and mental healthcare