This post was written by Corinna West and appeared on her blog, Wellness Wordworks first. She is seeking support of her program. Please vote on Facebook. Apparently the voting process is a bit buggy. There are voting tips at the bottom of this post.
Wellness Wordworks and Missouri-Illinois Olympians have created a program called Combat Arts for Recovery. We are one of 12 finalists for around 55 entries to the Team USA grants competition. We can earn $12,000 to promote combat sports for mental health issues. You can vote here. Vote once per day per email address.
Combat Arts for Recovery solves four major issues:
1. Folks with mental health diagnoses can benefit tremendously from exercise and Combat Arts for Recovery are great for building self-esteem, personal defense skills, learning how to handle difficult emotions, relieve stress, and to build friendships. In Combat Arts for Recovery, people train as teams but compete as individuals so it combines the best of both team and solo sports. These sports reduce aggression, not increase it as some people may think.
2. Many doctors recommend exercise, up to 54% of them, but only 11% of doctors actually prescribe exercise. This will teach service recipients self-advocacy skills to encourage their doctors to make exercise a more formal and reimbursable part of treatment. Combat Arts for Recovery also addresses some of the research showing that psychiatric medications may not work quite as well as they have been previously advertised.
3. Combat sports are often given little media attention and struggle to build recruiting and membership so we are using social media and traditional media to build a Combat Arts for Recovery public relations following that aims to increase the size of all 90 combat sports clubs in town by 15%. We are working with all five combat sports included in the Olympics: Judo, boxing, wrestling, Taekwondo, and fencing.
4. Clubs that sponsor a new athlete into Combat Arts for Recovery and help them complete their first 25 practices will earn a presentation by a local Olympian called “How to build Olympic Dreams.” This will include inspiring spoken word poetry performances, goal setting skills, and mental training techniques useful for all peak performances. This will be a career building opportunity for all the Olympic alumni in our region. These will also be increased media opportunities.
Now, for the next 7 days, we need your vote at the US Olympic Team’s facebook page. Vote once each day. We need as many votes as possible for Combat Arts for Recovery. This is a very innovative program that bridges three communities at once that don’t usually interact: sports, mental health, and performance art.
Inspirational two minute video on how Combat Arts for Recovery overcomes the three major excuses for not exercising:
3. “It’s too hard”:
Your vote will help us get $12,000 for Combat Arts for Recovery.
People can vote once per day per email address for our program for the next 11 days. Voting is now live. It should take about five minutes the first day but then it should only be two clicks each day for the next six days. We would love your support. Here are more detailed instructions if you need them.
- Create a Facebook account if you don’t have one. It’s really quite easy.
- Go to: US Olympic Team Facebook page.
- Like the US Olympic Team. If it says you haven’t liked the US Olympic Team yet but you have, log out of Facebook and log back in.
- Click “Team USA Grants” on the Left.
- Accept the browser in a nonsecure window
- Accept the Facebook application. (There have been no complaints on google yet about this even though thousands have voted.)
- Vote for Combat Arts for Recovery
- Your vote is confirmed when the video turns red, it says, “You voted!” and the vote count goes up by one.
- Come back the next seven days until September 18 and vote again each day.
- If you want to help further, invite your friends to vote with our Facebook invite at: Facebook right here: Then follow up with them if they need help with this process.
You won’t have to go through this process when you got back to vote each additional day. It should just be two clicks from there on out. For more information on Combat Arts for Recovery, go to my website here.
More troubleshooting tips:
1. It says you have already voted. Click the video and underneath, by the comments section, click logout of the application (not your Facebook account). Then log back in to the application and try again.
2. It says you haven’t like the Facebook page. Try the above, click the video then logout of the application (not your Facebook account). Then log back in to the application and try again. If this doesn’t work, try a different browser like Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome.
1. Facebook application doesn’t load: Try a different browser like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Chrome. You might have to vote on a newer computer at a library or friend’s house.