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Sports program aims to keep disabled students healthy

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January 22, 2008

Albany - A pilot program for students with physical disabilities will soon kick off in Albany. The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is teaming up with Youth Becoming Healthy and BlazeSports for an after-school sports program at Merry Acres middle school.

About 20 students with physical impairments will participate in physical activities, musical programs, and learn about nutrition. Children with disabilities face elevated risks for being overweight, and physical activity is critical to reducing the risk.  Mara Galic said, "The benefits in participating in physical activity are physically improved health, improved fitness, but also emotional. Kids feel better about themselves and that's especially important for youth with physical disabilities. We're offering them opportunities to be physically active where sometimes in the community, there's not always the opportunity."

The program kicks off February 5th and will be offered twice a week at Merry Acres. It's free to the students who participate.

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