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Southeastern Nutrition & Wellness Class

  • DSAW 11709 West Cleveland Avenue West Allis, WI, 53227 United States (map)

A class for individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs on healthy living and wellness.

WHAT: DSAW-Family Services is offering a course focused on teaching individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs about the importance of healthy living and wellness, including exercise, nutrition, and independent cooking. DSAW-Family Services has created an innovative curriculum geared towards individuals ages 18 to 30. 

The learning goals of the course are:

  • Create a firm awareness for the importance of integrating exercise into daily life

  • Build a foundation of healthy nutrition and help individuals understand what to eat, portion size, how to make choices at restaurants, and about emotional/obsessive eating habits

  • Learn to cook healthy food independently

  • Learn to eat food with appropriate social manners

  • Understand the consequences of poor nutrition and lack of exercise on health and wellness

In order to achieve these learning goals, the course will incorporate a variety of hands-on learning techniques. Each four-hour session will include one hour of fitness, two hours of cooking, and one hour of learning activities, discussion, and debrief. To help participants reach their goals outside of class, we will also incorporate a variety of tools, such as Fitbits / other tracking devices to track activity, and a group messaging app to help participants hold each other accountable and encourage each other during the week. Weekly recipes and slides will be available for parents and caregivers.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 12:30pm. The winter session will run from January 14, 2019 for 14 weeks. Participants can join the class at any time.

WHERE: There will be two sessions, both running the same dates and times.

  1. Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (11709 W Cleveland Ave, Suite 2, West Allis, WI 53227)

  2. Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (6255 N Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217)

PAYMENT: This class is IRIS billable, or can also be paid for privately.  

To apply for the class, or to learn more, click the button below. Our program director will follow up with you shortly to discuss the class, as well as payment options.