In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and fitness industry adapted by creating relevant online content, in the form of “at-home” workouts and fitness programs. However, much of the newly posted content fails to consider people with disabilities.
Members of the U-M Family Medicine’s MDisability program recognized the need for equitable access to healthy activities during the pandemic and beyond. Research assistant Kate Panzer, Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami, M.D., M.S. assistant professor of family medicine and physical medicine and rehabiliation, and MDisability summer 2020 interns have compiled and curated a new adaptive fitness program that is free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
Staying Fit While Staying Put provides eight weeks of fitness training with disabilities and physical diversity in mind. The platform was created to serve as a hub for persons with varying levels of (dis)ability to access high quality fitness resources specifically created to address the needs of this population.
Check out their growing collection: Staying Fit While Staying Put