At Bastion, we know there are many paths to wellness. That’s why this summer, we hosted our first ever Wellness Day here on Mirabeau Avenue. Countless Bastion residents, Gentilly neighbors, and other local veterans gathered on a beautiful July day to enjoy free activities including yoga, tai chi, and meditation. Many tried a new wellness practice for the first time, like acupuncture or reiki.
“In order to raise awareness and foster community engagement, Bastion has teamed up with wellness providers and practitioners to bring support to our community,” said Community Support Manager Reion Janeau. “With mental health being equally as important as physical health, we're hoping everyone takes advantage of this wellness focused day.”
The Bastion community is supported year-round by many local practitioners that bring their services to our veterans. From art and music therapists who work with our Headway participants, to community acupuncturists that donate their time and skills to our residents each month, we are so grateful for these amazing wellness providers and their commitment to the holistic health and wellbeing of our veterans.
Our Wellness Day was made possible thanks to our sponsors, Humana Healthy Horizons Louisiana and the Almar Foundation. Their support of our mission and the veterans we serve allowed us to expand our reach and connect more veterans and New Orleanians with wellness resources.
“Humana Healthy Horizons is focused on the whole health of the communities we serve, and we were thrilled to partner with the Bastion Community of Resilience on this important event,” said Kim Williams, Director of Health Equity, Population Health, & Community Engagement for Humana Healthy Horizons Louisiana. “Through this Wellness Day, we’re providing valuable health education and connecting people to programs that improve their overall wellbeing.”
Thanks to our sponsors’ commitment to community health, we hosted dozens of local health and wellness vendors offering everything from free health screenings to nutrition education information.
The day’s festivities included some classic New Orleans culture and flair. A representative from the Backstreet Cultural Museum educated our guests about the power and tradition of Mardi Gras Indian suits. Resident and Wild Magnolias member, Marvin Belisle, brought out his own suit to speak about his role and experiences as a culture bearer and Wild Man.We had the Southern Belle Baby Dolls dancing through the event, spreading joy and celebrating wellness with our guests. The day culminated with a second line around Bastion’s residential community.
Thank you to every single wellness vendor, practitioner, healthcare worker, and guest who joined us for this incredible day! We are so grateful for the opportunity to promote holistic health and wellness in our community, and hope you will join us in the future for further wellness resources and community events.
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