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WNY Trainers to Learn About Inclusive Fitness in Daemen Program
WNY Trainers to Learn About Inclusive Fitness in Daemen Program

A specialized education program for area fitness trainers and instructors on modifying exercise programs to make them more open and inclusive to individuals with disabilities will be offered as part of a newly established project at Daemen College.

The comprehensive “train the trainer” four-week program, which is free for fitness and exercise instructors, will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3 in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. This first component of a two-phase project, “Get Movin’ – Exercise, Nutrition and Wellness: A Fitness Initiative for Individuals with Disabilities,” is being funded by a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDPC). Daemen was one of only three organizations across the state to receive the grant.

“This program will provide trainers an overview of the techniques and skills that are best suited for working with individuals with developmental or other disabilities as a way to help improve their health through appropriate physical activity,” said Dr. Theresa Kolodziej, director of clinical education in physical therapy, who is overseeing the multi-disciplinary initiative with Dr. Diane Ryan, associate professor of nursing. “As the fitness industry is trending toward making exercise programs more inclusive, Daemen’s initiative is embracing this effort and serving as a vital resource for local trainers to expand their offerings.”

Open to both experienced and new fitness professionals, Daemen’s program will cover disability awareness, modifying exercises for individuals with disabilities, relaxation and yoga, exercise and nutrition, universal design at fitness facilities, and marketing an inclusive program. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program. The registration deadline is Jan.. 5. For additional information or to register, contact Theresa Kolodziej at 839-8412 or email tkolodzi@daemen.edu, or Diane Ryan at 839-8408 or email dryan@daemen.edu.

The second phase of Daemen’s project, which is slated for next summer, will offer an inclusive fitness program for individuals with disabilities, family members, and peers without disabilities.

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