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Vincent Pirro

Participating in Special Olympics has given Vincent Pirro the opportunity to be strong and healthy. Now 22 years old, Vincent began competing with Special Olympics at age 9. Last year he trained in 7 Special Olympics sports with the local program in Westfield: track & field, basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, power lifting and softball. Only 3 other athletes in Massachusetts, out of over 14,000, trained in that many. Out of the seven, his favorites are bowling, soccer, basketball and power lifting. His passion and dedication for power lifting was even noticed by the USA Power Lifting Organization during Summer…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Online Athlete Chat with Mike Kelley

Do you ever get that feeling you are not sure what to do when something comes up and it prevents you from having discussion with you peers? It can be difficult at first because we are not sure how we can have our discussion about some topics. You can think of ways to stay in touch with your peers and have casual conversations with them. I’ve discovered an answer to that is having chats through technology, especially the Special Olympics Massachusetts Live Chat on Zoom. Every Friday, I along with Special Olympics employee Charles Hirsch host a chat on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Tennis Sport Specific Trainings

Sport Specific Skills Sport Specific Skill#1: Hand Eye Coordination Variations Small Ball Dribble: Get a small ball like a tennis ball and dribble it like you would a basketball. Wall Ball Bounce: With the same small ball from the first exercise toss a ball at a wall underhand and try to catch it with just one hand. Balloon keep-up: Blow up a balloon and try to keep it up in the air as long as possible  Juggle: Get multiple small balls and try to juggle them add more balls to make it harder Sport Specific Skill#2: Serve Serving is…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Swimming Sport Specific Trainings

Sport Specific Exercises Since practicing specific swimming skills would require a pool, take this time to work on exercises that will help improve your performance the next time you jump in the pool. Swimming Specific Exercise#1: Squat Jumps Helps build the muscles in your legs for kicking, your core, and practices shoulder-extension. Complete 5-10 of them per round and do 1-3 total rounds: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat, then tighten your core and jump up explosively! Raise your arms up towards the sky and reach up with your fingertips as high as…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Volleyball Sport Specific Trainings

Sport Specific Skills Sport Specific Skill#1: Hand Eye Coordination Variations Small Ball Dribble: Get a small ball like a tennis ball and dribble it like you would a basketball. (You can start with a bigger ball then switch to a smaller size once that ball gets easy) Wall Ball Bounce: With the same small ball from the first exercise toss a ball at a wall underhand and try to catch it with just one hand. Balloon keep-up: Blow up a balloon and try to keep it up in the air as long as possible Sport Specific Skill#2: Serve You…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/20

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Squats! The exercise of the week is…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Grocery Store Aisle Tips

Tips For Every Aisle Use the following tips, from ChooseMyPlate, to fill your cart with budget-friendly and healthy options from each food group. Fruits and Vegetables Where to find them: Find fruits and vegetables in the produce section, frozen foods and in the canned and pantry food aisles. Compare prices to find the best buys. Tips: Buy “in season” produce. They are usually less expensive and are at their peak flavor. Buy only what you can use before it spoils. For more info check out the “Seasonal Produce Guide” from SNAP-Ed Connection. Try buying canned. Choose fruit canned in…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Cajun Chicken Ragu Recipe

One of my favorite dishes, this Cajun Chicken Ragu is a comforting and filling meal that can still be healthy! Typically this calls for bacon and sausage, but even without those two ingredients, this dish is still a hit and packs a ton of flavor and comfort. It also involves a lot of veggies and protein to make a well-rounded dish! Originating from the Cajun/Creole style of cooking, you don’t need to go down to New Orleans to enjoy it – it can be made right in your kitchen here in New England.  Many of the ingredients are common ones that can be found in your kitchen pantry….

Author: Matt Vaghi

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Healthy Recipes- Meals

It can be easy to eat healthy at home! You just need to have the right ingredients (and you probably have many of them right in your pantry or refrigerator!) Here are some of our favorite meal ideas – check them out: Breakfast Recipes: Baked Egg Muffins Egg White Omelet Breakfast Banana Split Banana Oat Pancakes Smoothies Lunch Recipes: Chicken Tenders Turkey Avocado Wrap Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Sandwich How to make a healthier salad   Dinner Recipes: Baked Salmon One Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies Taco Salad Three Cheese Penne Pasta Snack Recipes: Ants on a Log…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Stay Fit With SOMA – Week of 4/13

Every week we’ll be posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! Plus – if you commit to stay fit you’ll receive even more exercises and tips! Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA: Access to our athlete fitness dashboard Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class Daily wellness goals Nutrition tips and recipes Winner of the week giveaway! Commit to Stay Fit! Exercise of the week – Wall Sit Challenge! The exercise of the…

Author: Catherine Twing

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