Special Olympics Arizona is happy to adopt and implement Special Olympics Minnesota’s SOfit program! This health and fitness program is a Unified approach to improving and protecting the health and wellness for people with and without intellectual disabilities. SOfit offers participants a comprehensive, 360-degree look at wellness and the human spirit. Together, athletes and Unified partners are empowered to challenge and change the way they look at diet, daily exercise and lifestyle choices.
The SOfit program is an eight-week Unified approach to wellness, pairing athletes with a Unified Partner, with the primary goal being to guide, educate and encourage athletes and partners to maintain a healthy lifestyle through increased physical activity and improved daily nutrition. Each team will have at least one coach, who is committed to educating and guiding the athletes and Unified partners on their respective teams to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Teams are asked to meet once a week, completing an educational topic and fitness portion. For the educational portion, coaches are given a “menu” of educational topics that they can choose from. These topics include healthy cooking, the importance of sleep, and alternative fitness activities, among other. Coaches are encouraged to tailor the educational portion of their meetings to what their group’s interests are.
THE GOALS OF SOfit
1. Guide individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to maintain healthier lifestyles through increased physical activity and improved daily nutrition
2. Increase participants’ knowledge about physical exercise, nutrition, nutritious meal preparation and shopping for nutritious food from pre-program to post-program
3. Allow participants to experience heightened social engagement and better emotional wellbeing as a byproduct of the inclusive nature of the program