AMHERST, N.Y. – Specialized training on modifying exercise programs to make them more inclusive to individuals with disabilities will be available in a one-day program for area fitness trainers and exercise instructors being offered at Daemen College.
The “train the trainer” program, which is open to experienced and new fitness professionals, wellness coaches and group exercise leaders, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16 in the Academic Wellness Center Rooms 105 and 117. Certified participants who complete the free program will receive National Strength and Conditioning Association approved CEUs.
Daemen’s program is intended to give participants an overview on developing inclusive wellness and fitness services at their facilities. It will cover disability awareness, modifying exercises for individuals with disabilities, relaxation and yoga, exercise and nutrition, universal design at fitness facilities, and marketing an inclusive program. Sessions will be taught by nurse practitioners, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and fitness instructors.
The college’s fitness program is part of a two-phase project, “Get Movin’ – Exercise, Nutrition and Wellness: A Fitness Initiative for Individuals With Disabilities,” being funded by a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Council. The initiative is being overseen by Dr. Theresa Kolodziej, director of clinical education in physical therapy, and Dr. Diane Ryan, associate professor of nursing.
Registration is requested by April 8. To register or for additional information, contact Theresa Kolodziej at 839-8412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.