Children with physical disabilities engage in 30% less physical activity than national fitness guidelines. They also spend double the amount of time in sedentary behavior relative to typically developing peers. The implications of not moving are serious and can negatively affect a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To address this problem the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Division of Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy (OTPT) designed the be.well program. This program provides year-round seasonal programming to get terminally ill children, children with disabilities, and their families active outdoors. COVID-19 is changing the way that we do things, but we are still here for you!
be.well Anywhere: Adaptive Hiking Program
September 5 – October 31
Halloween Hike: October 31
How does the virtual hiking program work?
This virtual program features 8 weeks of hiking in accessible Cincinnati Parks. Participants will be given a Passport Book to earn prizes for visiting Cincinnati Parks. This program is truly for everyone.
Participants with any mobility challenges can get on the trails with
the help of guides using off-road, all-terrain chaircycles!
The program features:
• Drive-through program launch on
9/5 at T. M. Berry International Friendship Park
• A weekly Park Prescription from OTPT
• Passport Stamp Program with prizes
• “Trail Talks” Zoom meetings (every other week)
• Optional in-person or telehealth PT support (billed)
Participants will receive:
• FREE be.well participant shirt
• FREE water bottle/be.well sticker program
• FREE Cincinnati Parks Passport and sponsor swag
• Opportunity for adventure with similarly-abled peers!
CREATING PARTNERSHIPS TO ACTIVATE PARKS
We are proud to announce that in 2020 we are joining the be.well list of partners by sponsoring the program in Cincinnati Parks. With collaboration between parks, healthcare providers and community partners, we will improve the lives of children and families who need it most. Part of Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s mission is to activate park spaces through engaged programming. This partnership will help meet the health goals of the Cincinnati community through the healing power of parks.
PARKS ARE THE PRESCRIPTION: ParksRx
Park Prescription programs (ParksRx) involve health or social service providers encouraging people to spend time in nature to improve their health and well-being. Be.Well has produced compelling, positive clinical outcomes that have been presented in national professional meetings, published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has captured the attention of every news outlet in the tri-state area.
YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING IN CINCINNATI PARKS
Each year, this partnership will allow for 100 children and their families to get outdoors and exercise together for FREE. Four sessions of the program will be offered in Cincinnati Parks. Each program begins with a pre-assessment by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital staff and concludes with a post-assessment.
PREVIOUS SEASON PROGRAMS
be.well Anywhere: Adaptive Running Program
May 25 – July 31 | Virtual race: August 1 & 2
This virtual program offered 10 weeks of Sit-to-Fit 5K video training, culminating with a virtual race at Smale Riverfront Park. Participants followed the training program independently, at a safe location (like a Cincinnati Park). The program featured:
• Weekly running homework assignments
• Weekly video instruction
• Optional telehealth PT appointments
• Virtual run buddy
• Saturday morning Zoom team meetings
• Virtual 5k weekend race