People with intellectual disabilities are 2 – 4 times less likely to be physically active; 2 times as likely to be obese, have cardiovascular disease and asthma; 5 times as likely to have diabetes; and their life expectancy is reduced by an average of 16 years. Let’s work to change these statistics!
The Unified Fitness Challenge brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to engage in regular physical activity. Designed with flexibility in mind, the eight-week training program will increase students’ strength, flexibility and endurance and includes basic nutrition, social and emotional lessons. Student equipment kits provided by Special Olympics Virginia allow the Unified Fitness Challenge to be implemented at home or in school.
Together, we can create stronger, healthier and more unified school communities through inclusive fitness, sports and educational programs. Contact Val Reinford at [email protected] for more information about Unified Champion Schools opportunities and resources for pre-K – college students.