September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! Get active, stay strong!

One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. But… the good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, AAASP encourages families to make healthy changes together.

Adults with disability are 3x more likely to have a serious chronic disease.
Nearly half of all adults with disability (50%) get no aerobic physical activity.
Obesity rates for adults with disability are 58% higher than for adults without disability.
Obesity rates for children with disability are 38% higher than for children without disability.
Physical activity is 4x lower for children and youth with disability than their peers without disability.
These facts and many more affect the 56 million Americans living with disability, a substantial (20%) portion of the population.

Here are several ways you can make healthy changes together!

• Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
• Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
• Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
For more information, visit https://healthfinder.gov/

    Here are some articles to check out:

PROMOTING PARTICIPATION OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY IN SPORTS: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/121/5/1057.full
HEALTHY MEALS/SNACKS: https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/cooking-kids.
BE ACTIVE 60 MINS A DAY: http://1.usa.gov/3wnZMl
MAKE A FAMILY FITNESS PLAN: http://1.usa.gov/bg6vTr
MORE RESOURCES: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/index.html

The 2017 AAASP Wheelchair Handball Season!

The 2017 AAASP Wheelchair Handball Season Starts this weekend across Georgia…
Good luck to all of the teams participating!
For updates and scoreboard info, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or check our Wheelchair Handball page out weekly at:
adaptedsports.org/wheelchair-handball-2

View the full team schedule here:

AAASP Wheelchair State Championship Information:
The AAASP Wheelchair Handball State Championships will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at J. P. Moseley Recreation Center in Stockbridge, GA. State Championship semi-final games will be held simultaneously in two adjacent gyms Final games will not be held simultaneously, so while there are technically four semi-final games and two final games, there will only be four time slots for the day (10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm).

AAASP & Amazon Smile… support Adapted Sports while you shop!

AAASP & Amazon Smile… support Adapted Sports while you shop!

Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world… and YOU can support AAASP while you shop on Amazon, by shopping on smile.amazon.com (their philanthropic way to give back!)

If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we invite you to shop at smile.amazon.com and choose American Association of Adapted Sports Programs as your charity of choice.

How Does it Work?
1. Visit smile.amazon.com.
The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on amazon.com are available at Amazon Smile.
2. Sign in and Choose “American Association of Adapted Sports“.
3. Select “American Association of Adapted Sports Programs”.
Once selected, you will receive an email confirmation and you can begin shopping.
4. Begin shopping!
Once you’ve selected your charity everything else functions the same. Shop for your favorite products or the perfect gift. Most products are eligible on Amazon Smile–if not, you’ll be notified. You can checkout normally as well. No extra cost is passed onto you–Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to AAASP!
5. Share with your friends!
After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile, you can share the news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email. This option appears on the confirmation page after your order is complete.

Thank you for supporting AAASP!