6 Session program focused on healthy living for people with Down syndrome.
HealthU is a program for teens and young adults with Down syndrome. The program will consist of 6, 2-hour sessions. We will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 PM beginning March 22 thru May 3. We will take a break on April 12nd.
Topics will include learning the My Plate method for healthy eating and participating in various exercises such as dance and other dynamic activities. The program will be hands-on, using food models, taste tests and interactive "take-away" activities. The final session will include a healthy potluck dinner where all participants and their families are encouraged to attend.
Living a healthy lifestyle is important for all of us and there is a higher incidence of obesity in the Down syndrome population due to metabolic and behavioral barriers. Additionally, there are less programs available to meet the needs of the Down syndrome population. This healthy lifestyle program was designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and has been implemented for teenagers with Down syndrome in other locations. We encourage you to join us this spring to learn more about making independent, healthy lifestyle choices through this informative and interactive program.
More about the HealthU organizer and workshop leader Heather Lauria. Heather is a Nurse Practitioner student at UNC Chapel Hill, and a Registered Nurse with a strong interest in nutrition and exercise. She is a fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, has volunteered with the Special Olympics and worked in a post-graduate classroom for young adults with developmental disabilities. She will have numerous qualified professionals to assist with the program such as a special education teacher, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist and other nurses.