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READY SET MOVE! Fitness Program for Youth Struggling with Obesity

Suzanne will be speaking on Thursday, April 3rd, 2013 from 11:45AM -12:45PM in St. Louis, MO at the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Expo.

Obesity and problems with being overweight are growing concerns in our society. For many children, playing with others may be difficult because of issues with weight and body image. This energetic presentation will review strategies and appropriate exercises and games along with nutritional and lifestyle check-ins for families to work together as a team. We will discuss opportunities to change habits, and take charge of their lifestyle choices, as well as examine assessment protocols and discuss reward systems to encourage motivation and enhance self-confidence.

Do You Believe in Holiday Magic?

Whether or not you believe in Santa Claus (also known as Saint Nicholas), I felt happiness and became teary-eyed when this special man (and dad) entered Right Fit this past weekend. During Santa’s brief visit, joy, hope and belief were all contagious and felt by everyone present. The holiday season truly brings out the child in all of us. I do believe in the “magic” of hope, love, faith and dreams! I hope all of you wake up to the "magic" that the holidays can provide our children, both young and old. Best wishes to all of you and your families, as well as a life full of many magical moments. --Suzanne

Right Fit Presents

I would like to acknowledge all those who attended the Autism and Special Needs Seminar at Moraine Valley Community College on November 16th. It was truly a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved. We always enjoy meeting others who are just as determined as we are to help individuals with special needs. Right Fit was very proud to participate in the seminar with a booth (staffed by Maureen Kiley Rhode) and a speaker, our own Eric Stone, CSCS, USAW, Director of Sports Performance.

If you attended Right Fit's presentation, you were able to learn about the benefits of strength and conditioning, specifically a class called "The Slider©" which is part of the nationally recognized Raise the Bar© fitness and wellness program. Eric discussed a typical class setup along with the benefits of the program for those on the autism spectrum. Base strength and conditioning is important for all individuals and it is important to understand how one can benefit from this type of training.

Believe What You See --Suzanne

As we finalize plans to attend the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Conference in Orlando, Florida and present Strength Conditioning for Individuals with Intellectual, Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities, I remember the first discussions our trainers and friends had about designing a piece of fitness equipment that would make specific strength and cardio exercises easier to perform for clients with disabilities. Eventually, the ideas and dreams created a real sense of urgency to customize a piece of equipment for just that purpose. This led us to work with my brother-in-law, an engineer and a welder by trade, who put all the pieces together in his backyard garage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once completed, we officially named this piece of equipment The Slider to recognize its basic functional feature of sliding across the floor. What could be more perfect than inventing this unique piece of iron and steel in the hometown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and former headquarters of U.S. Steel? The Slider continues to be a topic of proud conversation at Right Fit with our clients and staff.

Suzanne and Bradley Introduce "Ready Set Move" at the Chicago 2013 Club Industry Conference --Suzanne

Ready Set Move is an innovative fitness and wellness program for youth struggling with weight gain and obesity. Our conference room was filled with an impressive group of positive and enthusiastic professionals. All appeared anxious to learn and share training methods to better prepare children and families to become more active and fit. Bradley's contagious energy made it easy for everyone in attendance to experience Ready Set Moves training methods, instructional materials and motivational techniques. In my opinion, it was a real hands on lecture demonstration that led to this insightful question by Amanda, "Suzanne, how do I know when I am ready to start training this population?" My answer: "Right now simply be prepared, follow your fitness plan, bring your smile, positive energy and motivation."

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