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New Opportunity for NJ School Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities should have the same opportunities as those who don’t and here in New Jersey, they will under a 12-week pilot program that will bring the Get FIT program into the school setting, granting disabled students the opportunity to participate in traditional school athletic teams or create parallel athletic programs. 

The ESC School at West Amwell in Lambertville will be the first in New Jersey to test the program.

The Family Resource Network (FRN) and its Get FIT program have long advocated for fitness and nutrition opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.

They have launched programs which include Get FIT@Home, Get FIT@YMCA and Get FIT@Gym in New Jersey, Texas, Mississippi and Maryland.  Get FIT@School was created in recognition of the 38 percent higher rate of obesity in children with disabilities.

FIT stands for Fitness, Integration, Training.  The idea is to expand Get FIT@School to additional districts and states so students and faculty are able to promote an integrated environment that promotes fitness, wellness and healthy play for all children of all abilities.

For more information on bringing the program to your school district contact Adeola Sonaike at asonaike@familyresourcenetwork.org

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