Time to Jumpstart Your Growth in Financial and Personal Health

Spring is the season for rebirth and renewal. It’s also the perfect time to refresh your financial know-how to grow key financial habits that will put you on the road to living a healthier, happier life, all year round. We know that just getting started is often the biggest challenge.

So what is financial capability? It’s the knowledge to manage financial resources effectively, the ability to build skills that lead to strong financial health, and access to high-quality financial products and services.

You already know that good financial habits help to save money and reach financial goals. Did you know that your relationship with money also
affects your personal health?

What About Money and Health?

Social determinants of health are defined as the conditions to which people are born, grow up, live and work. These conditions directly
affect an individual’s health and quality of life. Improving your financial well-being decreases mental stress, the kind of stress that
often leads to physical health problems such as headaches, sleep problems, heart problems, high blood pressure and more.

The ProMedica FOC provides financial and career coaching and training to help you build effective money habits and get on track to better financial well-being. We also connect to income support programs that provide access to food, utility, and housing resources.

Where Should You Start?

Getting on track with financial goal(s) requires a solid financial plan. Fortunately, our professional Financial Coaches are skilled in helping
to create such plans. Our coaches work with you to:

Understand your spending habits

Create a budget

Understand the emotional components of managing money

Learn how to establish an emergency fund

Manage debt

Manage credit

Hundreds of households have already benefitted from improved spending habits, increased savings, decreased debt, and increased credit scores
by working with our coaches. This helps them become first-time homebuyers, purchase new vehicles, land better jobs, and more. All of the things that make life a little better.

You can start building your plan today by connecting with a Financial Coach right away.

Get Started

Walk & Roll Walking Groups – Lead a Walking Group!

Since its socially-distant beginning last fall, Walk & Roll has been engaging residents and supporters of UpTown in walking clubs, neighborhood-wide monthly walks, and weekly leisurely-paced bike rides. It’s a chance to build community health and well-being by getting together outdoors, including exercise into our routines, and connecting with others.

UpTown is well on its way to meeting these goals:

A month-long, socially distant kick-off with the UpTown Walk & Roll activity booklet and scavenger hunt (grab a copy here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sHPKZB-vSz7iuhd47h4ZWGgGfI8FbOFz/view?usp=sharing ) last fall.

Bike Rides Matter https://www.facebook.com/groups/340179803833086/ , led by residents and supporters of UpTown, meets every Saturday at 8
p.m. for a Glow Roll – where participants light up Downtown, UpTown, the Old West End, and more.

Bike Rides Matter also meet every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for a Soul Roll – where participants ride around the city listening to old school jams.
Imagine listening to the Isley Brothers and the Ohio Players while riding around the city with your friends.

Now we’re ready to start community-led walking groups!

Let’s Walk!

If interested in leading or joining a walking group, join us at the Ebeid Center or online, Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. for an introductory meeting. We will develop walking groups utilizing the Walk Your Heart to Health program https://www.hepdetroit.org/our-documents/walking-in-detroit.html

Walk Your Heart to Health helps to build health, well-being, social support, and cohesion while addressing challenges to walking in urban areas. This program intends to build on existing assets, especially in places where people historically lack access to recreational space. It also meets physical activity recommendations (150 minutes per week), while still accommodating differing needs for walkers.

Considering the wealth of partners, residents, supporters, and continued development in UpTown, this is an ideal opportunity to build a diverse, healthy, engaged and connected group of neighbors and friends. All ages, backgrounds and abilities are welcome!