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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On this final day of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we'd like to introduce you to one of our all-stars. Dr. Dick Barter is a force to be reckoned with. An emergency room physician and group fitness instructor, Dick knows the importance of physical activity in children's' lives. He is the man behind #Spin4Kids - the fundraiser started in St. John's, NL and has since inspired others event locations across the country to rally behind our cause. Under Dick's leadership over the years, the St. John's event alone has raised nearly $700,000 and is always a big party! Dick's passion has been key to bringing us to the next level... he truly is a man with a plan 🌟 #NVW2017 #VolunteeringEh? #Gratitude

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