Wellness Center

Contact information for each program is listed below.


The Wellness Center at the Errera Community Care Center (ECCC) offers Veterans who receive services in the Mental Health Care Line a comprehensive range of wellness services including physical exercise (with medical clearance), nutritional counseling, weight control, stress reduction and various health psychology services. Located in the lower level of the ECCC, the Wellness Center is staffed by a Ph.D. Psychologist, a Registered Dietitian, and two Exercise Specialists, who work as a team to coordinate services which contribute to improving each Veteran's overall physical, nutritional and emotional wellness.  The Center is equipped with popular modern cardiovascular exercise equipment such as elliptical machines, treadmills, bicycle machines, a multi-gym trainer and a range of weights, which provide ample opportunities for strength training and conditioning. 

 
Nutrition
 
  The Center offers nutritional counseling for individuals who might want to lose weight or need to address disease states that may require dietary attention, such as diabetes or heart disease. Tracey  Pascarella, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, meets with Veterans individually to determine their specific needs and goals. These meetings ultimately lead to personalized nutritional programs and the ongoing counseling necessary to implement them.  Group classes covering a wide range of nutrition topics are held weekly. While weight loss is sometimes the goal of such counseling, the Veterans who visit the Errera Community Care Wellness Center have a broad range of other nutrition needs that can often be addressed.

 

Contact Information

  

Veterans are encouraged to visit the Wellness Center, meet the staff, discuss their goals, and request to participate in any or all of the ECCC Wellness Center programs. Program staff will then request a Consult from the Veteran’s primary care provider and determine if the Veteran meets the criteria to participate in the Wellness Center. Individual and group sessions are available by appointment only.


Exercise Programs:       

Craig Funaro, I.S.S.A., Certified Exercise Specialist - (203) 479-8081


William Trent, KT - (203) 479-8081

 

Nutritional Programs:  

Tracey Pascarella, RD,  Certified Diabetes Educator - (203) 479-8082

 

Health Psychology Programs:

Carol Hendricks, Ph.D., Program Director -  (203) 479-8083         


Exercise
 

The Wellness Fitness Center offers physical exercise programs including cardiovascular exercise, movement to increase flexibility, and strength building through weight training.  Craig Funaro, I.S.S.A., Certified Exercise Specialist and William Trent, KT, meet with Veterans individually to develop a program to address each person's lifestyle, medical needs, physical capability, and long term physical goals. Veterans are invited to train at the Fitness Center several times per week in half-hour or hour-long sessions, and they also work with Mr. Funaro or Mr. Trent to develop home exercise programs to follow between training sessions to further their fitness goals. Additional popular fitness programs include a weekly community bocce ball game in suitable weather and seasonal fitness initiatives, such as “Wellness 6000”, in which teams of Veterans compete for the number of fitness sessions attended.



Health Psychology

 
The Wellness Center also encourages Veterans to seek counseling in its Health Psychology programs, including motivational coaching, smoking cessation, stress and pain management, relaxation and meditation training. These services are offered both individually and in group settings. Motivational coaching is often used to help Veterans achieve the exercise and nutrition goals they have set as part of their overall wellness goals. The Health Psychology programs are under the supervision of Carol Hendricks, Ph.D., Program Director. 

 

Criteria for Program Participation

 

Veterans must abide by Wellness Center policies and regulations, have a mental health diagnosis and remain in regular treatment in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Mental Health Care Line. Participation in physical exercise programs requires medical clearance. 

 

This is a website maintained by Veterans and volunteers. While the contents of this site have been developed in cooperation with VA personnel, it is not an official site of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


 Update December 2016