Primary Care & Wellness

Outpatient Primary Care: The Glenn Family Wellness Clinic

The Glenn Family Wellness ClinicThe Glenn Family Wellness Clinic provides primary and preventive care for adults with a mental health diagnosis. Patients do not need a prior relationship with Skyland Trail.  To learn more about services offered and or to make an appointment, please call 404-709-3177. Learn more >

Integrated Wellness for Residential & Day Treatment Clients

Skyland Trail is one of the first and few organizations to integrate medical care into mental health treatment. Our onsite primary care clinic is staffed by medical professionals with expertise in addressing the physical health needs of patients with mental illness. All clients receive an initial physical exam and continue to receive primary care services throughout their treatment, including:

  • Initial medical history and physical exam
  • Measurement of body mass index
  • Comprehensive laboratory screenings, including complete metabolic panels, complete blood counts, thyroid function tests, nutritional state checks, screenings for infectious and autoimmune diseases, pregnancy test, blood tests for illicit substances, and monitoring of adherence with certain medications
  • Urinalysis, including tests for illicit substances and possible infections
  • Preventive services including pelvic examinations and PAP smears, safer sex counseling, genetic counseling, management of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension 

Throughout treatment, the clinic helps clients manage existing health issues and monitors for the onset of new conditions related to long-term use of medications. 

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Healthy Eating & Active Living

Outside of the clinic, healthy living education and counseling are an important and integral part of clients' overall treatment plans. Clients meet individually with our nutrition and wellness counselor and learn healthy living skills through cooking classes and other hands-on group activities.

We believe that physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. So in addition to assigning our clients to a mental health recovery community, we also assign each client to one of three primary care tracks:

Cardiometabolic
For clients with a family history of cardiac problems or diabetes, who have a high body mass index, or who are on an atypical antipsychotic medication associated with development of cardiometabolic syndrome

Follow-Up
For clients with known medical problems, such as asthma or chronic infections, requiring ongoing treatment or follow up

Wellness Track
For currently healthy clients that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.

On Our Blog: Expert Insight

Practicing Healthy Living & Mindfulness in the Kitchen
“As we taste our meals, we practice mindful eating by turning our intent towards enjoying food as it fuels our body and emotions as well as supporting a positive relationship with our food and our bodies,” says  Hannah Sabella, MS, RDN, LDN, registered dietician.
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Healthy Challenge Program

In addition to our standard integrated wellness activities, some clients may choose to participate in our Healthy Challenge program, which is an extra level of education and support to reduce the risk of cardiometabolic syndrome. 

Individuals with mental illnesses face particular risk for developing heart, pulmonary, and energy problems, collectively called "cardiometabolic syndrome." High Body Mass Index (BMI), hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and hyperglycemia are the components of this syndrome. Two classes of medications used to treat individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression – atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers – are known to exacerbate the problem, as are a number of the correlates of severe mental illness including a sedentary lifestyle and social isolation.

Participating patients receive access to a personal trainer for weight control and to promote lean muscle mass. They also receive a low-carbohydrate, high-lean-protein meal plan with six meals daily; psycho-education about the link between physical and mental health; tobacco cessation tools; nutritional education; meditation and relaxation classes, including yoga. Medication treatment of insulin resistance and/or hyperglycemia is provided as indicated.

The majority of patients who complete the healthy challenge program experience several changes in their physical functioning including:

  • a statistically significant decrease in in body mass index (BMI)
  • a decrease in their total cholesterol
  • a decrease in their triglycerides

In the News

Skyland Trail Opens First Wellness Clinic for Integrated Medical Care of Brain & Body in Atlanta (03.25.2015)
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Reducing Cardiometabolic Syndrome: A 2015 APA Poster Presentation (06.01.2015)
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