Burton Center encourages fitness for disabled
Sunday, June 15, 2014 12:00 AM
Statistics show people with disabilities are less likely to be physically active than the non-disabled, but several Lakelands area people are disproving that.
John Green, of Greenwood, has a moderate intellectual disability, but he works and works out.
A little more than a year ago, Green, 41, started working out at Greenwood Family YMCA, using weights and stationary bicycles and elliptical machines.
“I wanted to be healthier and lose weight,” Green said, noting a health class inspired him to do more. The class was taught by registered nurse Janet Dickson, who is employed with Burton Center, a nonprofit agency that serves people with a wide range of disabilities.
Green is employed through Burton Center’s shelter workshop program for adults. He works five days a week testing batteries for use in disposable cameras. He is also a resident in one of Burton Center’s community training homes that teaches independent living skills.
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