The information provided is to increase one’s general knowledge about the LifeFit program and to be used as an educational resource only. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice. Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program to reduce your risk of injury and to answer any health concern questions.
As both consumer and community needs change and evolve, we will continue to seek new consumers who are looking to increase their activity level and nutritional knowledge.
The UCP Central PA LifeFit program started in November 2006 with a three-year grant from the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation (CAHWF). The grant enabled LifeFit staff to begin working one on one with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Carlisle Area Family YMCA, in Carlisle, PA. Because some consumers were progressing more quickly than others in reaching the goals set with their physiologist, those consumers were paired in a 1:2 or greater ratio of staff to consumers.
Early on, LifeFit physiologists recognized the importance of including both family and staff members in the education experience; we taught the "We Can" curriculum from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evidence-based parent program in order to increase nutrition education.
From September 2008 to August 2010 LifeFit staff participated in the first community based participatory research project to occur at UCP Central PA. Through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH R03), this project helped create a partnership between stakeholders in the population of people with disabilities and academic researchers from Temple University to investigate ways to promote healthy lifestyles for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The project participants, who adopted the group name PITCH (Partners in the Community's Health), successfully created a research proposal, the Nutrition Education Grant R21, for an intervention that aims to improve portion sizes and promote healthy weight for people living in local group homes.
Over the past five years, the LifeFit program has grown and evolved from its primary mission to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach a broader audience of consumers in need of fitness and nutrition education. Today:
As both consumer and community needs change and evolve, we will continue to seek new consumers who are looking to increase their activity level and nutritional knowledge. The bottom line: We aim to become the “go to” purveyor of fitness and nutrition education among all segments of the community, in a variety of settings, throughout Central Pennsylvania.
Program Manager of LifeFit
55 Utley Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011 map/directions
Local: 717.737.3477 x 124