Magazine article The Nation's Health

Chicago Lighthouse Promotes Exercise, Wellness, Activity

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Chicago Lighthouse Promotes Exercise, Wellness, Activity

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Exercise classes, a group walk and a wellness challenge were among the multiple National Public Health Week activities hosted by Chicago Lighthouse in CHICAGO, ILL.

The rehabilitation and educational organization is dedicated to helping children, youth and adults who are blind, visually disabled or who have multiple disabilities. In one of the organization's many National Public Health Week events, organizers proved even man's best friend can get fit by holding a weigh-in for service dogs. The goal of all the week's events was to stress the importance of a balanced diet, exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle for people who are blind or visually impaired.

During the week, a pep rally promoted wellness, a fitness challenge offered incentives to individuals who lost weight and the agency offered low-calorie, nutritious meals. Daily exercise classes proved popular, as did a fitness walk through the surrounding community that attracted more than 50 people and fit well with this year's National Public Health Week theme of "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time."

"I can't emphasize enough the merits of exercise," said Bob Kim, a personal trainer and former Chicago Lighthouse program participant who led the group sessions. "A daily exercise program can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol rates and relieve stress. It can make you perform better at work."

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Volunteers included a soldier who lost his vision while serving in Iraq and who commended the agency for showcasing the importance of good health and exercise, particularly for those going through a rehabilitation program. …

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