Mentally disabled people tend to have a more fragile health condition than the average population, which hinders their full and effective participation in society. Regular physical exercises can help improve their overall condition but those belonging to socially disadvantaged families can not afford the costs of a health club. This project will provide 225 mentally disabled people with biweekly work out sessions in an adapted fitness facility and under the guidance of a qualified professional.
Mentally disabled people tend to be more prone to cardiorespiratory problems, obesity and weaker muscles than the general population, which makes regular physical activity an important ally of their health. However, many of these people belong to socioeconomically disadvantaged families, getting pushed out of this opportunity because they cannot afford the cost of a health club with proper supervision from qualified professionals nor do they have public service offerings of this type in Brazil.
The objective of this project is to provide 225 people with mental disabilities an outdoor fitness facility duly adapted to their needs, within the headquarters of APAE, so they can develop regular physical activity supervised by qualified professionals.
The project will help improve the health and quality of life as well as develop the autonomy and self-esteem of these people, increasing their chances of inclusion in society.