HIT’s Newest Program REGROUP Focuses on Health and Wellness

This month, Heroes In Transition (HIT) will unveil a new program, REGROUP, geared to helping male service members, veterans, and military spouses embrace self-care and take meaningful steps to improve their health and well-being.

REGROUP will take place over the course of four Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:30 pm, starting on January 18 and concluding on February 8. Workshops will take place at Mashpee TV on Industrial Drive. Individuals interested in signing up for the program should email regroup@heroesintransition.org by Wednesday, January 11.

REGROUP will serve as HIT’s counterpart to REBOOT, a program that the nonprofit launched in the winter of 2020, and which provides similar health-related support for female service members, veterans, and military spouses.

“Especially with the new year, all of us can benefit from identifying ways to become healthier by implementing practical strategies into our lifestyle,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “Wellness is exponentially more important for individuals who are serving or who have served our country as well as military spouses because of the significant challenges that come with military service. Far too often, this segment of the population tends to overlook their healthcare needs which is why programs like REGROUP are so necessary.”

Nicole Briggs of Centerville, owner of Bella Viva Massage Therapy, will lead HIT’s REGROUP sessions. Last fall, she managed HIT’s REBOOT which supported 10 women in their health and wellness journeys.

She was eager to help REGROUP participants in a similar manner in January using a research-based curriculum from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Briggs was trained in the approach in 2020 and has used it successfully in her private practice.

“I feel confident this class is going to really help them manage every day stress, understand the benefits of self-care, and give them permission to make themselves and their health a priority,” said Briggs. “This will really teach them scientifically-backed tools and strategies they can incorporate into their daily lives.”

Now is the perfect time for individuals that HIT serves to set a new year’s resolution to improve their health. “This is when people start thinking about what they can to do make themselves feel better. People are automatically in a different mindset of trying to make themselves a priority, but they don’t know where to start,” Briggs said. Regroup represents that start for male service members, veterans, and military spouses in our region.

REGROUP is funded through a grant from the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation as well as support from HIT’s Community Partners, Cape Cod 5 Foundation, Fairway Financial, and the Lobster Trap restaurant.

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