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Nichol Heleman

Community Based Instructor III


The Healthy Steps to Freedom program (HSF) is a health and body image curriculum that addresses gender-specific, health-related issues unique to females in treatment for substance use disorders, particularly those at risk for use of methamphetamine, speed and other illegal stimulants. Developed to augment existing substance use/misuse programming through provision of health education, this 10-week program incorporates healthy lifestyle practices as an alternative approach to weight loss and desire for increased energy. HSF incorporates education related to nutrition; physical activity; and other topics that address body image disturbances, disordered eating behaviors, and poor lifestyle practices.


LaCrescent High School 1989
Brigham Young University 1996



Healthy Steps to Freedom

Program teaches nutrition and healthy lifestyles that address weight and energy concerns in women with substance abuse issues

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education - Nevada

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.