A group of ten people sit around an adaptive sailboat and an adaptive bike

Get Fit! Get Moving! Fitness Fair

For three years (2013-2015), WID hosted an annual fitness fair at the beautiful Ed Roberts Campus. Partnering with organizations like AXIS Dance Company and Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP), WID brought together the Bay Area’s best leaders and teachers in adaptive fitness, recreation, and nutrition.

Questions the fitness fair aimed to address:

  • Why does it seem as if there is a disconnect between “disability” and “fitness”?
  • Why do each of us struggle with finding options for our bodies and our particular health needs?
  • How can we improve our nutrition and health and find ways to have fun while doing it?

“The most important thing I learned was to be aware of your own unique body!” -Participant

What the fitness fair offered:

  • Yoga and movement classes for all bodies
  • Physically Integrated Dance classes
  • Adaptive Cycling Demonstrations by BORP
  • Resource tables on recreation, adventures, and accessible team sports
  • Cooking and nutrition classes
  • Light refreshments
  • Plus door prizes and raffles

These three fitness fairs were well-received by the local disability community, and WID hopes to hold another in the future.

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NEW DOOR banner; graphic of a blue globe, brown door, and red heart on gray background

NEW DOOR

Nutrition Education, Weight-management, Disability Obesity Options, & Resources (NEW DOOR) is a large, collaborative project on fitness and nutrition that explores barriers to healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities. It aims to provide accessible, disability-friendly fitness, nutrition, and peer-support activities, information, and resources.

  • It is a community-based program that educates, engages, and inspires people with disabilities and families to learn about and integrate nutrition and physical fitness activities into their daily lives.
  • It is also a peer-led program where people with disabilities are leaders, participants, and advocates, not patients or service recipients. We train the Disability Peer Fitness Leaders and create peer support teams in pairs, small groups, and larger groups. Participants engage in weekly or biweekly exercise and nutrition awareness activities and also form a support network, meeting a minimum of once or twice a month for fun educational and recreational events.
  • Thus far, NEW DOOR has inspired the creation of WID’s annual fitness fair and the creation of Disability FEAST, among other projects.

Watch this 4-minute video, which offers information by athletes and experts about disability and physical movement. It shows scenes from WID’s fitness fair, as well as interviews with three adult disabled athletes and advocates, a sports medicine physician, and a parent of disabled child who is active in sports.

Inspired to get up and move yet? Explore the NEW DOOR resources below:

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