Edward Thomas2A long-time peer at Perry Wellness Center, Edward Thomas likes to point out that he has been a witness to Stuart Perry’s growth since the PWC founder first worked at Breezeway, a local mental health day treatment program.

“I have been with Stuart for many years and appreciate his efforts for mental health wellness and substance abuse,” the enthusiastic peer member says.

Edward – or ET, as he is known by peers and staff, has learned a spirit of dedication from this association, and it is one he applies to everything from peer support to health and wellness. Regarding the former, Stuart Perry points out that ET takes a direct approach to confronting peer problems at the center.

“We are peer-run at Perry Wellness Center, and many here can create situations that can cause problems for both them and me,” Stuart notes with a smile. ET has helped him deal with some difficult situations, although Stuart acknowledges that ET can be very critical at times. However, his candor is appreciated and respected by most at the center.

Lately, ET is applying his direct approach to his own program of personal health and wellness. For example, he supports recent healthful changes to the cafeteria menu at the center and encourages other peers and staff to “unite as a family” for better health, weight loss, and general wellness.

This week, Thomas was spotted hard at work on his personal exercise program. The new exercise regimen includes a vigorous workout on the elliptical machines, conveniently located on the overhanging porch of the classroom building. Rain or shine, ET is prepared to do his part for better health – and forcefully encourage others to do the same!

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