Karen Meyers, Contributing Reporter for WLS-TV Channel 7, dropped in for a visit to Right Fit Friday, May 20, 2011. Karen’s primary purpose was to see our facility and observe the “Raise the Bar” class, which is our award-winning 60-minute fitness class for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. What a great opportunity we now had to share with WLS-TV’s viewers what Right Fit does to help these children increase their fitness levels.
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Research has found that youth with developmental disabilities tend to be less fit than their nondisabled peers, and I do fear the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle for these children and their families. Maybe if more of us could believe the simple things we see and take time to apply these practices, daily positive results would come with a lot less effort and time.
Because there is often a lack of inclusive equipment in community fitness centers, people with disabilities may have to get creative. More often than not, they must find ways to make use of the equipment that was not designed with their needs in mind. While having to find ways to use the existing equipment is not optimal, it may be necessary until more fitness centers provide equipment that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Health and fitness professionals have opportunities to connect with people of all ages and abilities. I have been fortunate over the years to meet many instructors who are passionate about working with individuals with mixed abilities. However, this is still an untapped market in the industry, and I believe this is primarily because we have not adequately publicized the need for programs and created awareness through national organizations, seminars, social media, and professional networks.
Any Celebrity Apprentice fans? On Sunday night’s episode Gary Busey shocked everyone by winning the second challenge of this season and spelled out his victory by stating the meaning behind the word team: “T- is for Together, E-Is for Everyone, A-id for Achieves, and M-More!” As hard it may be to understand the thought process of Gary at times, he got this point right on! The meaning behind the acronym of the word “team” truly speaks volumes. Understanding the significance and strength from working as a “team” holds true and this definition is most often heard in the success of business franchises, private organizations, and sports teams. It also holds true in the world of autism.