Society for the Blind is excited to be one of 13 organizations in the country invited to participate in the National Fitness Challenge, which is sponsored by the United States Association of Blind Athletes and Anthem Foundation. This year, 25 participants from Society’s students, staff and alumni are participating in the challenge.
Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are blind and visually impaired across the U.S. The overall goal remains the same every year: to raise the physical activity levels of each participant to the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – 30 minutes of moderate physical activity and 10,000 steps per day.
Nationally, about 12 percent of Americans are physically inactive compared to 25.6 percent for those with vision loss. Society for the Blind will be hosting various fitness activities and a youth Paralympic sport event as part of the program to introduce various modes of physical activity for people living with vision loss. Each participant receives a Fitbit Flex 2 wearable device that they can monitor through the accessible features of their smart phones.
We are looking forward to friendly challenges among Society’s participants and with other participating blindness agencies in California as we strive to reach our personal health and fitness goals.