More than 21 million US adults 18–64 years of age have a disability. Half of adults with a disability get no aerobic physical activity. Working age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, according to a
Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,”said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Unfortunately, many adults with disabilities don’t get regular physical activity. That can change if doctors and other health care providers take a more active role helping their patients with disabilities develop a physical fitness plan that’s right for them.”
Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in some aerobic physical activity which has benefits for everyone by reducing the risk of serious chronic diseases. Some of the benefits from regular aerobic physical activity include increased heart and lung function; better performance in daily living activities; greater independence; decreased chances of developing chronic diseases; and improved mental health. Read the CDC’s Vital Signs report here.
Special Olympics can help with this issue. We provide physical activity to those with intellectual disabilities through our year round events and programs. To learn more check out our website.
Are you an avid runner? Do you walk a bunch durin g the day either for your job or school? Do you want to support Special Olympics in a fun way?! If you answered yes to any of these, then Charity Miles is for you! Check out the website and sign up today. You can also download the app in the App Store or Android Market. Be sure to pick Special Olympics as your charity of choice!
Have you heard of T.R.A.I.N.? If not, you will now! T.R.A.I.N. stands for Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition.
It is a “sports assessment and nutrition education program designed to help athletes stay active, stay healthy, and achieve their personal best…” (specialolympics.org). The assessment features different stations such as the shuttle run, walk the line, dining detective, and the 3-minute step test, to name a few.
Special Olympics Louisiana will conduct at least three more T.R.A.I.N. events by years end. One of those will be at State Fall Classic this October!
Learn more about T.R.A.I.N. and the partnership with Finish Line click here.
We have an update on Livingston Parish athlete, Virgil Atkinson. We originally reported that Virgil weighed 374 before beginning this weight loss challenge. However, after Virgil went to the doctor back in February, he was up to 380 lbs. As of the end of last week, he is down to 350lbs.! That is 30 pounds he has lost thus far! We are very proud of him and ask you to continue sharing your comments and words or wisdom for Virgil as he is trying to change his life for the better.
This week, we kicked off Camp Shriver in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Camp Shirver is a place for persons with intellectual disabilities to come together to learn new sport skills and improve individual performance. Athletes are paired with partners who have been trained as camp Volunteers.
Along with developing new sport skills, our athletes will get to participate in Special Smiles, one of our Healthy Athlete disciplines. Here, athletes will get a full check-up from dentists and dental students alike. Athletes are also given a list of dentists in their are so they can continue treatment.
Camp Shirver will take place in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Destrehan, Shreveport, and Jefferson.
Healthy Athletes is a big part of our organization. At many of our state events, our athletes are screened in such disciplines as Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes and Fun Fitness. Our athletes can go through each discipline and will be screened, free of charge! Athletes receive a “goody” bag filled with materials they will need to continue a healthy life style at home, plus they receive a report card of their progress.
We are excited to announce our newest discipline, Feet Feet! The first time we will have Fit Feet at an event will be State Summer Games next weekend. Our athletes will be fitted for the right size shoe, get information on skin care, along with nail care. We are very excited to have this opportunity to give our athletes the correct care for their feet!