Wednesday, November 7, 2012

St. Louis Center "Fitness for Life" Program

St. Louis Center is a residential community for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities located in Chelsea, Michigan, about 15 miles west of Ann Arbor.

St. Louis Center began offering a "Fitness for Life" program  this fall for qualified residents of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge, Michigan. The program is available to people with special needs. It's purpose is to increase the physical fitness level of participants, thereby increasing their capacity to perform normal daily activities more safely and independently.

According to an article in the Journal Register:

Caitlin Deis, a 2001 graduate of Chelsea High School with a bachelor's in psychology from Alma College, was hired to become the part-time fitness specialist in September 2011 and was offered the position full time in June 2012.

She had this to say about the program:

“What’s unique about our approach, is that if someone is afraid of using a free-weight to build arm strength, we might use a household object like a water bottle instead. Several of our participants don’t like standard exercises, but most like to dance, and we’ve even introduced them to yoga as a fun way to stretch and increase their flexibility and core strength. We’ve already experienced tremendous success with several of our residents, who have lost as much as 15-20 pounds. One young man here has even dropped 60 pounds through regular exercise and a change in his diet.”

For more information on the program schedule and fees, see the SLC Web site or contact Caitlin Deis, Fitness Specialist, by phone at 734-475-8430 or by email at  .

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