Benjamins Hopes Art Van challenge has begun
May 19, 2016
BENJAMINS HOPE wrote -
Help us launch the Health E3: Eat, Exercise, Explore! Program
According to The Arc, an advocacy and support group for individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD), persons affected by I/DD are 58% more likely to be obese than the general population. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition reports that 25.6% of Americans with disabilities are physically inactive during a given week, compared with 12.8% of Americans without a disability. The Centers for Disease Control cites lack of access to physical activity options as one of the main barriers to a healthy lifestyle for persons with disabilities.
Benjamin's Hope wants to improve the lives of people with disabilities in West Michigan through the new Health E3: Eat, Exercise, Explore! program. Through this program, adults and children with disabilities and their families will have access to:
- adaptive exercise equipment
- nature trails
- snow shoes and other outdoor recreation equipment
- gardening classes
- barrier-free garden plots
- nutrition and healthy cooking workshops
About Benjamin's Hope
Benjamin’s Hope supports people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to develop to their fullest potential, and provides services that contribute to the health and well being of families impacted by autism and I/DD. A “live, work, play and worship” model, Benjamin’s Hope operates 5 adult foster care homes on 40 acres of farmland, a day program focused on whole-person development, and an inclusive weekly worship service. As a leader in autism-specific residential services in the state of Michigan, Benjamin’s Hope is a thriving example of public/private partnership and debt-free development.