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Piece It Together

MUSC Exercise Intervention for Autism

MUSC Wellness Center has taken the lead in creating an exercise and nutrition program specifically for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD. Research has clearly shown that exercise and healthy eating can positively impact self-efficacy, confidence, energy, and mood, sleep and weight control. The goals of this program are to increase physical activity, improve body composition, and healthy food choices. In addition to these benefits other goals are to broaden social skills, decrease self-stimulatory behavior and other stereotypical mannerisms of ASD. Achievement of these goals will allow for improvements in the quality of life, healthy life style choices, and life skills of the participants.

The program will focus on nutrition and exercise education with reinforcing activities such as interval strength training, cardiovascular training, anatomy and physiology.  Nutrition education will be reinforced with a trip to MUSC Urban Farm and an informative grocery store tour. “Piece it Together” is sponsored by Island Paddle Fitness Adventures, Charleston County Parks, MUSC Urban Farm, and Unlimited Possibilities Mentoring Services. These generous sponsors will host many of the outdoor activities throughout the program.  MUSC will conduct non-invasive pre and post testing including cognitive testing, fitness and body composition testing.

Session and Prices TBA

Contact: Chris Fink; finkcj@musc.edu  - Autism Program Coordinator
        Janis Newton; newtonj@musc.edu – Assistant Director 


 
 
 

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