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Get Fit ! Feel Good ! June Blog

First off, Lets start by taking time to reflect on April’s Goal: Eat Better. There are numerous reason out there for why people don’t eat healthy. It’s too expensive, I don’t have enough time, schedules are too crazy, etc. If you are one of these people who find eating healthy difficult, your not alone and there are ways to change ones eating habits! Instead of trying to change your eating habits completely try to focus on one aspect of it. During last month’s blog we discussed then food groups and how to eat healthy for each group (see below)….

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Unified sports is more than competition

There are few moments that match the excitement of representing your school and hometown at a State Championship. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, students from 54 Massachusetts schools had the opportunity at the 2019 MIAA Unified Track & Field state meet. While 54 schools were represented at States, this was a record year with 81 Massachusetts schools participating in Unified Track & Field locally this season. On a chilly late-May day at Milford High School, athletes and Unified partners competed side by side in track and field events including javelin, long jump, shot put, 100m dash, 400m dash and relays….

Author: Catherine Twing

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Boston Bruins inspired work out

With the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, we are counting down the minutes until the next game. If you’re also a huge B’s fan, we’ve got a fun work out for you! Below are common events that happen during a hockey game. Every time one of these things happens, do  the corresponding exercise! Bruins score a goal: 10-20 Jumping Jacks Your favorite player scores: 15-20 Sit Ups Bruins get a penalty: 15-20 Couch Squats Blues get a penalty: 5-10 Push Ups Bruins player gets a HATRICK: High Knees for 30-45 seconds Power Play: 10 Side Leg raises…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Inclusion at Longsjo Middle School

Emma Bourbeau,  is a Unified partner with the Montachusett Area Special Sports (MASS) Blockbusters volleyball team. Along with her mom, Emma has gotten to know the local athletes while playing alongside them with the Blockbusters. While on Instagram, she read about the Unified program at nearby Fitchburg High School and wanted something similar for her classmates at Longsjo Middle School. Fortunate for her, United Way Youth Venture offers an extended learning time at her school, providing students the opportunity to create projects to improve their community. Projects are then chosen to receive funding from the United Way. Bourbeau shared her…

Author: Catherine Twing

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2019 New England Revolution Unified Team Announced

The New England Revolution signed more than a dozen Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes and Unified partners to the 2019 New England Revolution Unified team on May 6 at Gillette Stadium. The athletes and partners signed their two-game contracts, received their team jerseys and spoke to members of the press. The Unified team is made up of seven Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, and six Unified partners from around eastern Massachusetts.   Athletes: Aaron Allen – Hingham Shawn Barton – Stoughton Preston Hall – North Andover James Keith – North Andover Lumene Montissol – Mattapan JP Young – Milford Sam Spinney…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! April Blog

Get Fit Feel Good! April Blog Time to reflect on March’s goals! Have you thought about starting a garden this spring? Not yet?  Lucky for you there is still time! Have you ever heard the saying April showers bring May flowers? Well then you know that April is a great time to plant some vegetables or flowers! Here are a few things you can plant in April. April’s Wellness Goal: Eat Better The food you eat each day will affect your health, plain and simple. How you feel today, tomorrow and in the future will all depend on your…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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A talk with athlete Melissa Reilly and Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan

On Tuesday April 2nd, Harvard Law School Project on Disability hosted a conversation with two decorated athletes, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Melissa Joy Reilly. The two spoke in front of a full lecture hall of students, faculty and community members, moderated by Professor William P. Alford, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Vice Chair of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. Michelle Kwan is the most-decorated skater in U.S. Figure Skating history, having won two Olympic medals, five World titles and nine U.S. titles. She’s a Special Olympics…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Ben Wood

Ben Wood is a native of the North Shore region of Massachusetts and still resides in that area In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, boxing or walking trails in his town for relaxation. He has friends who have run the marathon before and has attended in past years with friends and running the marathon is actually on his bucket list. He says it’s not too crazy, but it’s an accomplishment no one can take from him. Special Olympics is a family matter for Ben as his grandfather spent over 30 years of his life working with the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Bonnie Bence

Bonnie Bence grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and still lives in St. Louis with her husband.  They have four children: three sons and a daughter. Bonnie’s involvement with Special Olympics comes from her son, Chris.  Chris is the Senior Manager for the Business Department for Special Olympics Washington D.C. Bonnie first got involved with children with intellectual disabilities when she was 15 years old.  Her father was the person in her life who got her involved.  He was very involved with the St. Mary’s Special School in St. Louis.  He would get Bonnie and her brother involved and helping out…

Author: Jillian Neal

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Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Abbie Kaiser

Abbie Kaiser grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. At one time running was just a hobby, but now she trains more seriously and does other things in her free time. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, cooking, or hanging out with her friends and family. Nine years ago, Abbie moved out to Boston to study at Northeastern University.  Over the years she has gotten involved with many parts of the community allowing Boston to feel more like her home.  She also feels the city has given her many opportunities. Abbie got involved with Special Olympics…

Author: Jillian Neal

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