BE.WELL PROGRAM

WITH CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

This partnership with Children's Hospital makes parks the prescription.

Children with physical disabilities engage in 30% less physical activity than national fitness guidelines. The implications of not moving are serious and can negatively affect a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. To address this problem, be.well provides year-round seasonal programming to get terminally ill children, children with disabilities, and their families active outdoors.

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CREATING PARTNERSHIPS TO ACTIVATE PARKS

We are to be on the Cincinnati Children's Hospital list of be.well program partners by sponsoring the program in Cincinnati Parks. With collaboration between parks, healthcare providers, and community partners, we are improving 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 helps 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 hundreds of children with disabilities and their families to get outdoors and exercise together for FREE. Six 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.

SEASON PROGRAMS

POPSICLE GEOCACHING
Program Length: April 1- April 30
Geocaching throughout Smale Riverfront Park with popsicle rewards
Finale: treasure find, Grow Up Great playground, May 1

MOVE (RUNNING)
Program Length: May 3-July
Our award-winning adaptive running program returns to Smale Riverfront Park with Fleet Feet Cincinnati.
Finale: Riverfront Park 5K, July 3 (10-3)

MARTIAL ARTS
Program Length: June 7-July 18
Adaptive martial Arts will be taking place throughout June at the Labyrinth.
Finale: Smale Labyrinth, July 18

BIKING
Program Length: June 28-September 6
Adaptive biking will take place along waterfront parks with a final race in September in conjunction with the Sunflower Revolution bike race.
Finale: Finish: 5 mile race, Sept 11 (Sunflower Rev versus end-to-end markered course in Riverfront Park)

HIKING
Program Length: September 6-October 31
Adaptive hiking passport program and hikes with Luke5Adventures, ends with a final Halloween Hike at Caldwell Nature Center.
Finale: Halloween Hike, Caldwell Nature Reserve, 10/31

YOGA
Program Length: January 3 – February 13, 2022
Adaptive yoga classes tentatively taught from Carol Ann’s Carousel.
Finale: Valentine’s Day at the carousel, February 13

be.well Summer Program Martial Arts

June 12 - July 17, 2021

HOW DOES THE VIRTUAL MOVEMENT PROGRAM WORK?

Join PRO Martial Arts and the be.well team at Smale Riverfront Park as we complete a 5-week introduction to martial arts. The 45-minute classes will be taught outdoors and in-person at the Park's labyrinth on Saturdays at 2:15pm. Sessions will include formal bowing, warm up routines, and technical practice including stances, blocks, punching, and kicking.

Exercise routines, activities, games, and drills will be led by a Master and supported by junior peer leaders from the PRO Martial Arts dojo. Participants must be accompanied by an adult and will be asked to bring their own water to practices. All participants will receive a white belt at the start of our season and will be earn a belt promotion at our Board Breaking finale on July 17.

All abilities are welcome and encouraged.

THE PROGRAM FEATURES:

• gifts of personal success, confidence, discipline and self-defense
• a martial arts uniform
• practice with strike pad training tools (audio feedback)
• parking support