The new Lose to Live Challenge is creating quite a buzz here at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA). Starting in September, six teams took up the challenge of improving health and fitness through this recreational program inspired by “The Biggest Loser” television series.
Understanding the impact of healthy or unhealthy living habits can be complicated for persons living with intellectual disabilities. With this in mind, the recreational therapists at WDSRA designed this program to include families – and a whole lot of fun!
Each team is comprised of one WDSRA participant and a family member. The teams meet three times a week for the first ten weeks. They learn about healthy diets. They exercise. They find mutual support. The next five weeks of the program are completed at home. Then, in December, the winning team will be announced. Yes, there will be prizes. (But, of course, we know all will be winners).
Naperville residents, Andrew Mac Lennan, 30, and his mother, Kathy, of Team Mac are enthusiastic about the program and its multiple benefits. Kathy explains that joining the program “is a great opportunity to become healthy…learn healthy living skills and lose weight.”
Fans (aka, friends and family) are cheering the group on as they move forward. Many are following the action through the WDSRA blog and Facebook page.
For more information about WDSRA or the Loose to Live Challenge, visit www.wdsra.com or call (630) 681-0962.
The WDSRA Lose to Live Challenge was made possible through the generous support of the Genetech Foundation and the Alfred Bersted Foundation.