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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Education and Job Training

Wellness Education

Tim Mahler
Wellness Education Administrator
(904) 488-2288
SUNCOM 278-2288

Wellness Education is responsible for providing inmates with formal training in wellness education and activities that promote cardiovascular risk reduction, sound nutrition, improved levels of fitness and a reduction in addictive behaviors such as smoking. The overall intent of wellness education is to make inmates responsible for their physical well being. In FY 1995-96, Wellness Education staff issued 762 Mastery of Wellness certificates to inmates who had successfully completed the 63 hour Wellness Education course; graduated nine Wellness Education Managers and 43 staff members from the 40-hour "Wellness Specialist" and "Associate Wellness Specialist" certification class at the University of Florida; developed manuals and established procedures to provide weight equipment access based on good behavior through reorganization of the Weight-Training Activities program; conducted the Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Challenge at a number of institutions statewide; and created partnerships with middle schools and high schools designed to encourage students to make "Wellness Centered" choices.