Down Syndrome Association, Ontario-Peterborough

down syndrom association.jpgPeterborough Charlotte Street GoodLife Fitness Club is being recognized as a top fundraiser for the 2010 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign with a grant towards the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough for a karate and nutrition program. This new program will be offered to 40 children with Down syndrome ages 6-18.

The program’s main focus is on martial arts as it will help children and youth improve:

  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Balance
  • Confidence

The program will also teach basic life skills such as:

  • Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Menu planning
  • Safety in the kitchen
  • Weight management.

Karate will also teach patience and listening skills, and will be held in a safe, structured, non-competitive environment that emphasizes having fun and managing excess weight. This is the only program in Canada for children with Down syndrome that combines Karate with a healthy eating element.

 

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