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Raise the Bar©

Don’t Become Another Statistic.

Childhood obesity is on the rise. Visit any shopping area, school or restaurant and it’s plain to see that our national statistic stands to be true. Yes, the statistic that states, one in three children are overweight or obese. What’s most alarming is children learn from what is modeled to them. The actions of parents, siblings, and media mirror the decisions our children make. As a society that lures more to plant and secure happiness and contentedness, this same notion is being applied to our eating demands. As a double whammy this same logic is being applied to our yearn for technology, which in most cases, leaves us immobile, with no ability to efficiently burn the excess calories consumed. It’s a cycle that continues to increase the fat percentage of our children and adults alike.

Raise the Bar© Partners with A Big Blast Project

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

What an exciting day for A Big Blast students, as we partner with Suzanne M. Gray and her wonderful staff from Right Fit, and begin to learn her Raise the Bar© program.

As the students arrived, they were greeted by Suzanne and myself, partnered up with a buddy, and taken on a tour of the facility. Individual Pec (picture) schedules were provided for both student and buddy, and throughout the hour class, we referred to the schedule each time the bell rang. This helped everyone stay on task, and feel in more control, as they knew what would come next.

As with all great fitness programs, we begin with some basic stretches and this was no exception. We “raised the bar”, did donkey kicks, stretched our arms and legs, and had pressure point rolls on our bodies.

The creativity of the staff to incorporate things that are fun like fencing with swim noodles, tug of war , and running backwards races were also working bilateral coordination, strength and endurance. Kids were taught the beginnings of strength training through light weight lifting chess presses, holding themselves up on a pull up bar and kettle ball squats.

My first time attending the Midwest District A.A.H.P.E.R.D Centennial Convention in Bloomingdale, Illinois!

On April 26, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest District A.A.H.P.E.R.D Centennial Convention in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Being at a convention for physical education professionals I did not know what to expect. There was a wide range of exhibits showcasing different types of equipment, games, accessories, and information on nutrition and upcoming seminars.

All of the exhibits had new and interesting toys and games. They had different balls made of different materials and colors, card and board games, equipment for small spaces, and heart rate monitors and pedometers. I enjoyed meeting the sales representatives from the different companies and learning more about their products.

At the convention I gave a presentation with Suzanne and Sheena about Right Fit’s Raise the Bar© fitness program for youth and adults with autism. This was the first time I assisted in a presentation about special needs and fitness. I was not too sure how many people would show up with interest. We had a variety of people attend, including students, professors, and people who currently work with children with autism.


Suzanne Gray, Sheena Leedham, and Scott Statsney will be presenting on April 28th - Raise the Bar A Fun Experience for Youth with Autism - 8:00 to 9:50 a.m

Eric Stone will be presenting on April 29th - Strength and Conditioning for Individuals with Disabilities - 10:00 a.m - 10:50 a.m.

Check out the convention website for more information:

New DVD Release!

It is not uncommon for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders to have a less-than-desirable level of fitness, motor function, and movement skills. Raising the Bar: Fitness & Movement Exercises for Youth and Adults With Autism features a series of developmental activities and exercises that can be used to enhance these attributes in youth and adults with autism. As an integral part of the fitness, sport, and wellness programs of Right Fit, a Willowbrook, Illinois-based company, each activity/exercise is explained and demonstrated in an easy-to-understand manner. The DVD is designed as a resource for individuals who want to “raise the bar” for youth and adults with autism.

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