From the Information Specialists' Desks
Kick off the Season!
As we say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn, it’s time to get excited about all the upcoming athletic sport opportunities beginning with football and followed closely behind with hockey then basketball. Indeed, these sports will likely begin dominating our conversations as friends, coworkers, and other peers begin recounting their athletic exploits. If any of these sports excite you, then continue your involvement, or take this as an opportunity to join a team for the first time. However, if you don’t feel motivated to participate in team sports this fall, don’t let that be an excuse to become idle. Instead, find an activity that will keep you moving throughout the fall season.
Here’s an idea: September happens to be National Yoga month (http://yogahealthfoundation.org/yoga_month). Yoga is one of the absolute best physical activities you can engage in, no matter what your level of fitness. Are you a gym rat or hardcore track athlete who doesn’t think yoga can hold a candle to weightlifting or distance running/pushing? Check out this quote from Tony Horton, founder of the wildly popular and incredibly diverse P90x exercise program:
“If somebody said to me, ‘Tony, you only get one type of exercise to do for the rest of your life,’ I would pick yoga.”
Or perhaps you’re an athlete who thinks practice is the only thing you need to do to stay healthy and improve your game. Read this opinion from legendary basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
“Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath; that's the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it's unequaled.”
The bottom line is that yoga provides benefits to all individuals with and without disabilities. If you are in a workout rut, or just looking to change it up after your summer routine, why not try one of the best proven activities out there? Check out the Yoga Health Foundation and the following links for help getting started, and as always, feel free to call (800-900-8086), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or live chat with any of our Information Specialists if you have any questions about yoga.
- Yoga for Individuals with Disabilities
- Passion for Yoga
- Not Your Average Yoga Training
The Lakeshore Foundation is excited to support Wins for Warriors, a new initiative launched by Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander to support the mental health and emotional well-being of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families in Detroit, Richmond and Norfolk. Go to www.crowdrise.com/Verlander now through September 30th to join his fundraising team and you could win the opportunity to watch a game from Justin's private suite in 2014 or an on-field event prior to a game during the 2014 season. Justin will match all funds raised, dollar for dollar. To learn more about the overall program visit www.winsforwarriors.org.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- October 1-3, 2013
- Washington D.C.
- Hosted by Every Body Walk!, the Walking Summit is an event to get people together who believe that walking and walkability are important issues that deserve more attention and resources. To learn mor and sign up, check out the link below.
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Symposium East
- October 17-19, 2013
- Orlando, FL
- The ACE East event will feature fitness professionals from around the country presenting on all manner of topics related training, health coaching, and individual and group fitness. Visit the below link to learn more about the conference and register.
Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE)
- October 19-22, 2013
- Houston, TX
- FNCE is the annual meeting for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Over 8,000 registered food and nutrition professionals will be in attendance, along with over 350 exhibitors at the event Expo. Events will include workshops and field excursions. Learn more and register at the link below.
Annual Diabetes Partnership Forum
- October 21-22, 2013
- Arlington, VA
- The purpose of the Forum is to gather and engage a variety of established and upcoming professionals such as healthcare professionals and educators educators, government and community leaders and officials, policy makers, and students to discuss the best ways to prevent and manage diabetes amongst high-risk populations. Click the below link to learn more and register.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
- November 2-6, 2013
- Boston, MA
- The APHA annual meeting attracts over 13,000 individuals to the largest gathering of established and upcoming public health professionals in the country. The theme of this year's meeting is "Think Global, Act Local," and sessions will focus on providing attendees with knowledge, experience, and examples to do just that. Learn more at the below link.
Southern Obesity Summit
- November 17-19, 2013
- Nashville, TN
- The Southern Obesity Summit serves as the largest annual obesity prevention event in the US, drawing hundreds of participants from throught the southern region of the country. To learn more, visit the following link.
Strategies for Welcoming People with Autism and Other Sensory Sensitivities
- September 11, 2013
- 2pm ET
- This webinar will provide a general overview on autism and discuss general strategies for making public spaces more accessible to people with autism, as well as others with sensory disabilities. Finally, it will address the need for specific programming and outreach efforts for people with autism and other sensory disabilities.
Sensory-Programs at Work (Part 2, continuing from the previous webinar)
- September 25, 2013
- 2pm ET
- This webinar will discuss case studies and "decision-points" that arise when developing sensory-friendly experiences in museum, theater, and outdoor settings. Presenters will discuss various approaches, as well as their respective pros and cons, so participants can learn how to develop programs within their communities.