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Teacher creates special fitness centre for her disabled students

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-09-13 11:31

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Peggy Mills, from the USA, is an adapted physical education teacher who developed a UFIT, a gym with programs to help people with neurological, developmental or physical challenges stay fit. She created this solution because she had students with disabilities graduated from school and entered adulthood who had a hard time to find a place to work out and stay fit.

Peggy has been an adapted physical education teacher for over 25 years. During that time, she taught students with neurological, developmental, physical challenges, wheelchair users, etc.. The teacher noticed that it was very hard for these students to find a place that would meet their needs and where they could work out to stay fit.

“There is not much out there afterwards to help them become healthy,” she stated.

Because of that, she created a three-week fitness program, in 2017, called Unique Fitness and Individualized Training. She began with seven people, but more joined and she needed a new space. That’s how she came to create her own gym, totally equipped for disabled people.

According to Peggy, her gym follows a three-prong approach — customisation, empowerment and visual training — and with special equipment adapted exercises and specialised instruction to meet everyone’s unique needs and interests. It also helps them to feel more comfortable.

For example, the use of a “visual fitness board,” allows people to select different exercises for their workout, she explained.

Peggy launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to help to bring this project to life.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2lMFyr6

More info: https://ufitdublin.com/

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Peggy Mills, from the USA, is an adapted physical education teacher who developed a UFIT, a gym with programs to help people with neurological, developmental or physical challenges stay fit. She created this solution because she had students with disabilities graduated from school and entered adulthood who had a hard time to find a place to work out and stay fit.

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