Cabvi Participates In National Fitness Challenge

Jeff Toliver,  Angela Taylor, and Mike Breeden in front of mirror lake at Eden ParkMarch 13, 2017 – Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is pleased to partner with the United States Association of Blind Athletes and the Anthem Foundation to implement the fifth iteration of the USABA/Anthem Foundation National Fitness Challenge. This year, USABA is partnering with 13 agencies across the United States, including CABVI to provide more than 300 blind and visually impaired teenagers and adults with an opportunity to increase their physical fitness levels, to live healthier and more active lives.

      CABVI’s participants will be increasing their steps with support of Fitbit devices, participating in the Paralympic Day this September, and experiencing the 1 Touch Program - the first comprehensive descriptive self-defense program designed specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired.

     “Our Fitness Challenge leaders offer a wide range of activities to encourage CABVI’s participants to experience new physical activities and create a healthier lifestyle, which includes participating in CABVI’s 18th Annual ‘Yes You Can’ 5K on Sunday, August 20,” said John Mitchell, CABVI’s CEO. “Participants notice a positive difference in their confidence levels as they try new fitness activities to gain improved stamina and physical strength.”

    Research has consistently shown that individuals who participate in regular physical activity to improve their health have higher energy levels, a lower risk of health-related diseases, improved psychological health, and lower rates of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, because of the many barriers and misconceptions about their abilities, approximately 70 percent of the nearly 56,000 children and youth who are blind and visually impaired in the United States do not participate in even a limited physical education curriculum.

    Living in the age of technology opens exciting new paths to help those with impaired vision enjoy the many physical and emotional benefits of exercise, said Barry Malinowski, M.D., medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. “Innovative partnerships, like ours with USABA, are the key to effectively using technology to ensure that Ohioans with visual impairments have broad access to healthy lifestyles.”

    The funds from the Anthem Foundation grant will provide a Fitbit Flex 2 wearable for every participant, fitness and nutrition instruction, prizes for participants who excel, and technical and financial support for everyone participating in the program.

    Pictured: Jeff Toliver, Angela Taylor, & Mike Breeden at our monthly fitness walk to Eden Park.

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About CABVI

Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to approximately 5,000 people each year and is proud to be a United Way partner agency. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at www.cincyblind.org.

About the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)

Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. USABA’s mission: to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. http://www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Annual Giving program and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.