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Encouraging Healthy Living Through Easterseals UCP Programs

Exercise With Your Child Week

Wilmington, N.C., August 6, 2018

Whether it’s a sprint or playground fun, exercise is important in a child’s life as they develop proper muscle and bone mass along with healthy habits.  National Exercise With Your Child Week is August 5 -11, 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends exercise one hour a day. Vigorous and intense exercise for 45 to 60 minutes is suggested at least three days a week for children, teens and adults.

2018 yogaAt the EMPOWER program in Wilmington, NC, a summer day camp and after school program sponsored by Trillium Health Resources, children and teens with special needs receive plenty of activity.  This program geared towards children with developmental disabilities provides social skills training, crafts, and plenty of outdoor activity. 

Yoga is part of their daily camp day.  Lindsey Nelson, EMPOWER Wilmington Activities Coordinator, said, “We find that our days go by a lot smoother when we start the day off with yoga.”  Lisa Gans, a health nurse of the New Hanover County Health Department, shared important skills from washing hands properly to calming techniques including downward dog, child’s pose and sun salutation with the kids.

Start a new habit and exercise with your child this week and the weeks to come!

Learn more about EMPOWER Summer Camp and EMPOWER Afterschool Programs at Easterseals UCP.


Easterseals UCP provides exceptional services so that children and adults managing disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com.

For more information contact:
Kathy Edgerton
Easterseals UCP Chief Communications Officer
(O) 919-865-8660
(C) 919-208-0621
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