e-motion21 – moving bodies, moving boundaries – through BeatFit™
Your donations at work (mid-year update 2015)
New Beat-Fit™ Classes have run this year on Thursday evenings at Eastwood Leisure Centre in the Multipurpose room. The classes compliment several other dance classes run by e-motion21 each week.
Our Beat-Fit™ program was invited to perform at the Ballarat Specialist School end of semester performance. This was such a unique opportunity to empower our dancers by way of performing for many of their peers, families and the community. They received rapturous applause and cheering!! The performance provided wonderful exposure for our program, organisation and our dancers. July 2015
In 2015, e-motion21 Ballarat have introduced a new program, along with the dance programs that have been successfully running for several years.
Down syndrome (Ds) is the most common chromosome disorder and cause of intellectual disability affecting one in every 700-900 babies; and an estimated population of 4,000 people with Ds living in Victoria. (ref: Down Syndrome Victoria)
Ds is accompanied by a cluster of medical conditions, requiring ongoing treatment and monitoring, affecting quality and longevity of life. Heart defects, impaired gastrointestinal tract, thyroid conditions, lowered immunity, increased likelihood of obesity and type 2 diabetes are some of the more common conditions associated with the syndrome. An active lifestyle, physical fitness and healthy body weight are key recommendations in improving and better managing these conditions. (ref: DS Victoria).
Learning for young people with Down syndrome is more difficult as IQ, speech, hearing and comprehension/articulation capability are often not at the levels which enable participation in mainstream programs.
Responding to these needs this project, Beat Fit™ enables Ballarat participants to enter a stimulating learning environment to best help them manage their health and wellbeing and support them to reach their full potential. The program is offered at Eastwood Leisure Centre, Ballarat and run by trained teachers and volunteers weekly during school terms. Participants are also provided with home ‘fit kits’ to enable activities to be done outside of class.
Preliminary outcomes of research being conducted by RMIT University have shown that similar Beat Fit™ classes in other centres are improving the physical fitness of participants through raising heart rates as well as improving social opportunities and friendships.
This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat in the following years: