Fit Families/Fit Friends is a 6-week fitness challenge for athletes and their supporters (family members or others) to get active and healthy together. Groups track their physical activity and nutrition in a weekly journal and submit their progress along the way. The challenge offers incentives as families/teams work towards a healthier lifestyle. Participants can repeat the challenge in efforts toward year round fitness.
The Fit Families/Fit Friends Challenge will offer incentive awards for families/teams as they progress in their venture to get Healthy!
The Goal: Get Healthy, Feel Healthy, Stay Active, Have Fun, Make a lifestyle change!
Our initial pilot program will run from October 1 – November 12, 2018.
Diet Quality Study
We invite you to participate in a new study that is designed to identify what predicts diet quality (i.e. nutritious or non-nutritious eating habits) and weight change in teens with an intellectual or developmental disability. If you choose to participate, you will be asked several questions about your personal stress level, leisure activities, and your child’s eating behaviors. This study can be completed entirely online and consists of three surveys that will be separated by three months (i.e., first survey, second survey three months later, third survey three months after the completion of the second survey). Each survey will take approximately one and a half hours to complete. The total time commitment will be four and a half hours over six months. If you complete these surveys, you will receive $10.00 for the first survey, $15.00 for the second survey, and $20.00 for the final survey. We hope that this study will enable us to identify what leads to good and poor-quality diets to help improve future healthy eating and weight management plans for teens with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
If you’re interested in participating, please click here. If you prefer to complete the screen over the telephone, please call the Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) lab at (785) 864-8830. If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (785) 864-8830. Thank you for your interest in participating!
Sincerely, Kelsie T. Forbush, Ph.D. Lab Director, Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE)
Fit 5 – Fit 5 is a fitness resource that provides tips and information for athletes, parents, coaches, partners and other supporters to lead a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. Download Fit 5
Oral Hygiene Booklet – A guide to having healthy teeth and gums
Free Cancer Screenings Statewide – Throughout the year, the MCA offers a variety of outreach programs focused on cancer prevention, screening, early detection and survivorship, which are conducted at member sites and other sites across the region.
KanCare – If you want guidance on where to find Managed Health Care information under KanCare contact Lois Ferguson at 913-826-2364 or email@example.com.
KU Weight Management for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – We are looking for adolescents (ages 13-21) with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are currently not participating in a regular exercise program and are interested in starting a nutrition and physical activity program.
Community Resources to Support your Family Fitness & Nutrition Goals
- Stretching Exercises
- Choose My Plate – A daily food planning guide sponsored by the USDA
- HyVee Dieticians Resources
- Livestrong Diet and Nutrition – Take the MyPlate Challenge and analyze your dailily intake.
Personal Stories of Success to Motivate and Inspire you to Keep on Track
If you have an inspirational story to share, contact Heather Waters, firstname.lastname@example.org, 913.236.9290 x112.
Health Resources by Regions
YMCA Healthy Living – YMCA of Dodge City offers different fitness classes and personal training for members. Contact: Stacie Droste (Health Living Director) 620-225-8157. In addition, SOKS participants can use the facility with use restricted to Monday-Friday between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. There must be one caregiver to each 10 athletes and they must remain with the participants. Staff/Caregivers/Family Members without a membership will not be able to use the facility when not accompanied by athletes.
Wellness Center To assist individuals with aerobic workouts, the Wellness Center offers a wide range of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, upright and recumbent bikes and rowing machines. Our individual weight plated machines help to develop tone, muscular strength and endurance. An indoor walking/jogging track, an outdoor fitness trail, and racquetball courts are also available to Wellness Center participants. Memberships for community members are $130/semester. Contact: Annie Romanello, Director (620) 227-9219
- The Center for Health Improvement is more than a first class fitness and wellness facility. It’s a friendly, member-oriented community with experienced professionals who extend a warm welcome to see that you are fully supported to succeed in your goals. Come and see why The Center is the only Accredited Medical Fitness Facility in Kansas as well as voted the #1 Wellness Center in Hays by the HDN people’s choice for the past seven years. At The Center, you’ll find the best of everything: facilities, equipment and fitness professionals dedicated to helping you get the most out of your workout. Plus, you’ll find convenient personal services that make it easier to fit your sport or exercise routine into your busy life. No other fitness center in Hays offers you so much.
Ellis County – Flu shots available every Monday during office hours
Kansas City Metro Region
Down Syndrome Physical Activity Study – The University of Kansas is doing a research study for adults with Down Syndrome. Please view the flyer for detailed information. Contact Jessie at 785-864-0782 or email@example.com for more information and eligibility requirements.
KCFitnessLink – Offers classes in Yoga, Cross Fit and Zumba
Health Fair – Seton Center
The Seton Center holds an annual Health Fair in the spring, March-April. Check their events page for details.
Generally provides free health, vision, and oral health screenings along with health information and exhibits, fire truck tours, free bike helmet fittings for the first 50 children, face painting, balloon animals, fitness activities, the seatbelt simulator and car rollover simulator, job opportunities with QuikTrip, door prizes, and free hot dogs and chips.
Champions Special Ministries
Champions Special Ministries, located in Overland Park, KS is a non-profit organization that provides programming for children and young adults with special needs. Events include monthly themed night outs (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and 3-5 day, Summer Day Camps in the Kansas City Metro area for children and young adults with Special Needs, ages 6-28.
Go to www.Championsspecialministries.org for more information
- Health events: Explore different health and wellness events through Eventful, a browser page that allows you to search for events in your city. There are many events to discover, from health fairs to yoga in the park!
Shawnee Mission Medical (Health)
- Classes and Events Page
- Fitness Classes
- Health and Wellness Classes
- Shawnee Mission Medical Center also provides fitness and wellness classes to the public. Contact 913-676-7777 to register for a class.
- Challenger flyer and programs: The Y Challenger program gives individuals 3-30+ years old with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and social programming. Children and young adults with special needs will improve physical fitness, experience personal growth, have fun and develop friendships through healthy Challenger activities.
- Nutrition Personal Training and Weight Loss: Guided weight loss program for members focused on making permanent healthy lifestyle changes.The program is ongoing, so you can start at any time.
- Group Exercise: Come connect with other members while you get a workout in one of our many group exercise classes, no matter your experience level. Choose from a variety of group exercise classes ranging from Cycle to Zumba to get a great workout and make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
KU Med Center Exercise Study for Adults with Down Syndrome – KUMC’s Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management is looking for adults(18+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be in a research program on healthy eating, physical activity and weight. Download the flyer for details. Find Out More
Lawrence Health Department
LiveWell Lawrence works to make it easier for Douglas County, Kansas, residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free. Contact: (785) 843-3060
- Classes and Events – LMH provides a variety of different fitness, wellness, and healthy living classes and events to the public. Contact: 785-749-5800 to enroll into a class
- Drop in Wellness Coaching – The role of a wellness coach is to help individuals identify personal reasons for pursuing greater wellness, and to enhance motivation for behavior and lifestyle changes using evidence-based strategies. Help for those who are wanting to set goals towards improving their nutrition or exercise habits; managing stress; losing weight or stopping smoking.
- Community Health Promotions and Wellness: Contact: 785-776-4779 Katie Olson
- Community Health Promotions page Riley County Health works to find resources to help you be successful in improving or maintaining your good health. They collaborate with health specialists, schools, community partners, and civic groups to determine community health needs and availability of service that will provide you with opportunities for exercise, safety, and improved nutrition
- Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program EFNEP helps young families and youth with limited resources—those most at risk to suffer from hunger, food insecurity and the inability to connect with available support systems. EFNEP offers practical lessons in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management and food safety in settings convenient for the participants. Contact: Sandy Proctor, EFNEP Coordinator and Extension Specialist, Maternal and Child Nutrition, (785) 532-1675
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas – Federally qualified patient centered health center dedicated to providing quality health care to everyone regardless of the ability to pay.
Medical and behavioral appointments: 620-231-9873 Dental clinic: 866-396-6788
Crawford County Health Department – Offers services that include: blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and hemoglobin screenings, chronic disease risk reduction services, immunization services, Kan Be Healthy program (offers eligible children for screenings), Women Infant and Children Services (WIC)
- Pinamonti Wellness Center is the most advanced fitness center in the Four-States area, but it’s much more than just about working out, it goes beyond that. They focus on both body and mind in an environment that promotes well-being. They offer everything you need to fully achieve your goals, from the most advanced physical fitness equipment, innovative classes, and personal training, to amenities that round out a comprehensive experience.
- Class Schedule
Maternal and child health care services, health education, women infant and children services (WIC) and clinical services that include family planning services, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, communical disease prevention and immunization services.
Free walk-in mental health screenings for people ages 18 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Third Tuesday of the month at 809 Elmhurst, Salina. Contact Public Education officeat CKMHC 785-823-6322 or 800-794-8281
Screenings consist of a written questionnaire and include bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to depression. Anyone unable to attend the walk-in screening may call to schedule an individual screening at no charge.
- Healthy Eating Meetings: Free nutrition counseling, Mondays at 5pm, Dr. Tina Guerrero, 816-550-8348
- In partnership with Salina Parks and Rec, SOKS athletes and individuals with disabilities have access to Salina YMCA free of charge on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 3-4 p.m. Includes use of the cardiovascular equipment in the Health and Wellness Center. Salina Parks and Rec will provide transportation starting at 2 p.m. Contact 785-309-5765 and ask for Special Populations for more information.
- In addition, there are Cooking Classes throughout the year. Call 785-309-5765 to sign up
Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) is a nonprofit community mental health center that specializes in meeting children’s unique needs. We provide direct clinical services, prevention education and outreach to more than 11,000 children, adolescents and families from 39 Kansas counties annually.
Topeka Area Autism Network (TAAN) exists to maximize the human potential for people with autism in the Topeka area. TAAN’s purpose is to provide education, support, and acceptance for parents, caregivers, professionals, and the community.
TARC is Shawnee County’s most experienced provider of support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. TARC enhances the lives of people affected by intellectual, developmental and related disabilities through commitment to excellence in service, support and advocacy.
The objective of iCan Bike is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle without training wheels. Our program uses specialized equipment, coaching and encouragement to reach this goal. Through the use of our equipment, we gradually introduce the instability of the bicycle until the participant “discovers” how to ride a bike. Download Flyer
- The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita (HWC) promotes people, programs and policies in the community to help ensure sustainable community changes that advocate healthy living. HWC fosters long term partnerships among public health, private business, municipal government, community advocates, planners, developers, schools and neighborhoods.
- Get Active Kansas Description: The Governor’s Council of Fitness has launched a new campaign focusing on fitness and to address the rising rates of obesity in Kansas called Get Active! Kansas. The purpose of Get Active! Kansas is to help Kansan’s realize the tremendous benefits of physical activity and to take action to achieve a greater level of physical activity, with a goal of 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
- Walktober Walktober is Simple
1. walk during the month of October
2. keep track and log your minutes
3. win great prizes
4. enjoy better health
- Get Healthy Homepage Sedgwick County Health Department offers information regarding healthy eating and exercise on their website.