Karisa Antonio gets staff moving at The Network’s annual conference

Lantern's Director of Arts, Culture and Fitness Karisa Antonio presents at The Supportive Housing Network of New York's annual conference

Lantern’s Director of Arts, Culture & Fitness, Karisa Antonio, spoke yesterday with our fitness consultant David Brand at The Network’s annual conference on using body movement practices in supportive housing interventions. Karisa and David shared with around 100 workshop attendees how Lantern’s fitness programming has developed over the past couple of years, with the launch of new fitness centers in two buildings, a diverse program of weekly classes from body conditioning to yoga to African fusion dance, and a focus on working with case managers to integrate fitness into clients’ support plans. To illustrate how fitness activities can be incorporated even with limited resources, David led the audience in a mini training session of jumping jacks and squats.

Karisa explained that Lantern’s fitness programming is about more than promoting physical health, with activities such as a cross-building basketball team and staff and clients’ participation in the NAMI Walk being an opportunity to also promote socialization. David noted that as a social worker, fitness can be a great stimulus for difficult conversations, and that as he’s working out alongside clients, that’s when they will really start to open up.

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