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July 1, 2014

Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities

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- — Wybierala credits the classes with tightening her waist, bettering her balance and encouraging her to drink water. "It works," she boasts.

And although Berg admits that he often skips his homework - like many of us when it comes to exercise - he thinks it's fun to "get my moves moving." He hadn't had access to any sort of fitness program since he was in school, notes Berg's father, Jeff, who takes him to and from class.

"Sometimes he can get sedentary," Jeff Berg adds. "After he works out, he wakes up a little and his energy level jumps."

Everyone perks up after spending an hour with Smith, who speaks almost exclusively in affirmations. On stretching: "Your arms will take care of you." On diet: "You can eat those vegetables. Vegetables make you healthy and strong." On running, Zumba and several other activities: "Move those hips!"

But his most positive words of all are saved for what Spirit has done for him.

"It's changed my life," Smith says, "Because I get to be a part of it."

 

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