In a recent article on the Disability.gov website, an article entitled “Disability Connection: 10 ways to Stay Healthy and Well-thy” https://www.disability.gov/disability-connection-newsletter-february/ offered helpful tips. And, the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System at the University of Washington School of Rehabilitative Medicine http://sci.washington.edu/info/newsletters/articles/09_fall_fitness_centers.asp provides a downloadable article with additional tips, as well as a Fitness Center Accessibility Checklist and a quick review of your civil rights (USA) to equal access.
While most of us won’t manage 260 sit-ups anywhere other than in a virtual world, it’s not a bad idea to become aware of the options, challenges, and proven approaches to accessing fitness centers wherever we live.
At Healthinfo Island, however, there are some added benefits to a quick virtual workout. One benefit? Lack of sweat! Another? After you stretch and cool-down, you can browse an herb garden, learn about healthy eating, or explore interactive walk-through poster sessions on timely health and wellness topics. There’s even a Research Pavilion nearby, where people with disabilities in Second Life® are invited to participate in and become aware of various research projects being implemented by universities and other organizations around the world.
Using a fitness center at Healthinfo Island is easy. Finding one that works for you in your regular life might take a bit more patience, persistence, advocacy, and work. But then, improved accessibility benefits everyone.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in Colorado, USA. Our mission is to enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds like Second Life®. Visit www.virtualability.org
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