The YMCA of Greater San Antonio Partners with Local Organization to Empower Young Adults with Disabilities to Improve Their Health
The YMCA of Greater San Antonio’s Y Living Center is centrally located on San Antonio’s south side and is poised to play an essential role in the implementation of community-based chronic illness intervention programs for an at-risk community. The programs at the center provide wellness education, promote physical activity and create a culture for support and success.
Recently, the Y Living Center partnered up with a San Antonio organization called The Arc of San Antonio. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Together, the organizations will bring a program called “Health Matters” to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities all over San Antonio. This free, 12 week class is for individuals 18 years of age or older with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to become better informed about their own health, nutrition and fitness.
The benefits of health promotion activities have been well documented for the general population; however, individuals with developmental disabilities are often not included in health promotion activities. For people with disabilities, changes in lifestyle and environmental conditions may have the same potential to improve physical, mental, and social functioning.