I have worked with children, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities for many years, and I am thankful that this issue of Kol HaBirah focuses on some of the struggles facing these individuals in their efforts to be included in everyday activities, such as fitness. I want to specifically focus on the new program I created with the help of my colleague, David Shrank, LCSW, to address the needs of populations with developmental disabilities by combining the disciplines of psychotherapy and fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines developmental disabilities as “a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.” This can create difficulty in places like most gyms, where the structure is not designed to address the challenges of those with special needs.
Have you ever noticed those signs telling you to “Watch Your Step,” or “Caution: Slippery When Wet”? These signs communicate to be careful so you don’t fall. But what if there are caution signals coming from inside your body? Are there signs to warn you if you are about to slip, or to indicate that you need to step with more care?
There is substantial evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to a lower risk of several cancers — including breast cancer. Physical activity includes working, exercising, performing household chores, and leisure-time activities such as walking, tennis, hiking, bicycling, and swimming.
Imagine rising from bed each morning, only to promptly pass out cold on the floor. Imagine suddenly no longer being able to digest any of the food you eat. Imagine going to work with a blinding migraine each day.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about germs — what causes them, where they’re located, how to avoid them — especially when it comes to children.
Experts say that American children miss 22 million days of school annually due to colds, flu, and other infections.
Flu season is beginning. It usually starts in the fall (October) and extends through the spring (April/May). Each year, millions of people get the flu. Missed school and work can be quite significant, but also hundreds of thousands of people need to be hospitalized and tens of thousands die from flu-related complications.
JScreen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases through education, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. As an organization that serves the entire Jewish population, Jews from all different backgrounds and denominations approach JScreen representatives at community events for guidance and information regarding genetic testing. In fact, as a JScreen volunteer I have noticed that these people do not simply differ in their Jewish heritage and affiliation, but they also vastly differ in their mindset as they approach the JScreen table.
Today, I’mgoingtogiveyou a special workout planandmealplanning guide.Thisisabeginner-level program thatwilltake10 minutes aday.Thetwo key pieces of thisplanaretowalkatleast10 minutes uninterrupted,everyday,without exception, andtoconsistentlymakegood choices when planning your meals. Therearethreethingsyou willneedtoget thisdone:comfortablewalking shoes, a way to record your progress,andsomediscipline.
A book was published earlier this year by Dr. Martin Gibala, titled “The One Minute Workout,” in which he demonstrated how sedentary people were able to derive 150 minutes of endurance exercise in 80 percent less time each week. Dr. Gibala conducted his study at McMaster University to come to this conclusion. Interestingly, a similar study was conducted by Dr. Raymond Wu and led to the publication of his book of the same name, as well as a website, http://oneminworkout.com, where he offers eight free exercises plus premium sections with different levels of services.
Imagine being a sick child in the hospital with nothing to do. Your friends are out having fun, but you are confined to your bed feeling lonely and bored.
Now imagine being able to pick from fun classes, with the opportunity to learn subjects ranging from sign language to playing the ukulele. Simcha University aims to make an extended hospital stay constructive and useful by offering an array of extracurricular classes taught by professionals in their respective fields, which our clients can elect to learn over the duration of their inpatient stay.
The Jewish holidays are a time for prayer, reflection, and many holiday meals. Food is not supposed to be the focus of Jewish observance, but who can deny that festive meals can enhance spiritual experience?
- Holiday Gatherings With Family: How to Avoid Stress and Create Memorable Moments
- Fitness Equipment on a Budget
- The Scenic Path to Fundraising
- Forgiveness is Good For Your Health
- Observation Status: What You Need to Know
- Is Teva in a Nosedive?
- Entering the Sensory Deprivation Chamber: Hope Floats
- How to Save a Life
- Walk Taller and Injury-Free With These Three Exercises
- Factors Behind Inactivity Among Teens, and Ways to Get Them Moving