The Arc of SA’s Summer Club is gearing up to defend its championship title in this year’s Team Up Challenge. Our Walk and Rollers have been selected as semi-finalists in the 2013 Silver and Black Give Back Summer Team Up Challenge and were granted $1,000 in seed funding for their project. If our team wins again, it will be a back-to-back championship, and they will be awarded $10,000 to expand their project. Read the press release here.
This summer our teens will work with other teens with disabilities to help get them in motion. Through a partnership with Eva’s Heroes, Morgan’s Wonderland and local fitness experts, the teens will promote healthy lifestyles through exercise (walking groups, water activities such as volleyball at The Arc pool and Zumba Classes) to other teens with disabilities. Each teen will have a health and wellness evaluation by our staff RN to determine BMI and overall fitness level. Each will receive a journal to track their exercise and diet. Incentives will be given to each teen who reaches their individual goals (either through exercise or weight loss).
By showing the teens how to exercise, how to eat healthy and how to watch their weight, we are teaching them how to eat healthy as adults. The summer program at The Arc has 25-35 middle and high-school aged students enrolled.
The summer project will end with a Zumbathon at the Pam Stephens Center.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Children with developmental diseases are 40 percent more likely to be overweight and obese compared to the normal population, according to a study published in the Education Resources and Information Center. This makes them more prone to develop heart diseases as adults. Statistics show that obesity rates are 58% higher for adults with developmental disabilities than with adults without a disability. Adults with disabilities find it more difficult to eat healthy, control their weight and be physically active due to lack of healthy food choices, medications, physical limitations or a lack of accessible environments that enables or encourages exercise. (www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/obesity.html)
More statistics show that regular physical activity provides important health benefits for people with disabilities including improved cardiovascular and muscle fitness, mental health, balance and a better ability to do tasks of daily life. (www.ncpad.org/)