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Aug. 26, 2004 -- No. 399

Adaptive fitness training
set for Friday in Durham

Friday (Aug. 27), 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Durham YMCA
215 Morgan St., Durham

The Downtown Durham YMCA will hold a workshop on Adaptive Fitness Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Activity Limitations on Friday (Aug. 27).

The workshop will give 25 fitness professionals statewide up-to-date information on principles and techniques for designing strength and cardiovascular exercise routines for people with disabilities.

This workshop will be held by staff of the N.C. Office on Disability and Health (NCODH), the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The NCODH is a partnership between the N.C. Division of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and its staff members are based at UNCís FPG Child Development Institute.

The all-day workshop includes both presentations and hands-on learning. Nine adults with disabilities will serve as co-trainers, sharing life experiences and personal expertise while working one-on-one with fitness professionals.

"Few health professionals promote regular physical activity for persons with disabilities because they often lack information on how to adapt physical activity and exercise programs for persons with spinal cord injury, developmental disabilities or vision loss," said Chris Mackey, physical activity coordinator for NCODH.

"We know that persons with disabilities and activity limitations are less likely to take part in regular physical activity than people without disabilities. Yet they have the same need for exercise and health promotion activities."

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Contacts: Chris Mackey, (919) 966-0865 or mackey@mail.fpg.unc.edu; or Loyd Little, (919) 966-0867 or loyd_little@unc.edu