In April 2017, Marcfirst partnered with Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center and the McLean County Health Department for a unique opportunity to improve health and wellness amongst Marcfirst staff and people with developmental disabilities.
"It makes me stronger in my legs and arms. It makes me feel good."
Through this one-year pilot program, the cost of health assessments, customized training plans and guidance for 41 Marcfirst staff and people supported are covered by the McLean County 377 Board and the Advocate Charitable Foundation. There is no cost for the individuals.
Each participant works alongside a personal trainer and was given an exercise prescription after going over health histories, screenings and discussing fitness goals. All exercise prescriptions are different, although most call for 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, core and flexibility and strength training exercises two to three times a week.
"We are so fortunate to have been selected to be a partner and provide services to Marcfirst residents. This opportunity allows us to provide services that will truly affect the health and wellness of a special group of individuals in our community.”