Wellness & Fitness

Making sure individuals with Down syndrome stay active and healthy through their ever-increasing life expectancy is of prime importance to the DSAJ. We offer many different avenues to achieve the goals of health, weight loss, team sports and team dance. People with other IDDs (intellectual and developmental differences) are also welcome to join the Wellness & Fitness groups, although pricing may vary for those with and without Down syndrome.

Announcing: Yoga & A Smoothie! Scroll down to learn more and to register.


Basketball

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The DSAJ Basketball program is offered to individuals with intellectual and developmental differences ages 8 and up. The players are grouped into teams based on age and ability. Our Basketball program is held at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church each Spring and is led by Coach JP. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email.


Soccer

DSAJ Soccer group - Jacksonville Florida

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The DSAJ Soccer program is offered to individuals with intellectual and developmental differences ages 4 and up. The players are grouped into teams based on age and soccer skills. Our purpose is to provide an environment in which everyone can participate, exercise safely, learn how to play and make friends.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email.

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STARZ Dance Team

DSAJ Starz Dance Team Jacksonville

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The DSAJ Starz Dance Team season runs January through May. Our Starz compete in local competitions and perform at various events in the community. Boys and girls are both welcome to participate. Our dancers are led by coach Dani Frei.

If you have any questions, please contact Dani Frei at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email.


Weight Watchers Health JourneyWe Partner with Weight Watchers to help you get fit!

DSAJ weight watchers group in Jacksonville Florida

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Participants spend the first portion of each meeting exercising (running the track, walking trails, group sports, Wii Fit/Dance, etc.). They then participate in a Weight Watchers meeting, led by a certified Weight Watchers group leader, learning the basics of the program (points and weigh-ins) and healthy dietary guidelines such as portion control, making healthy food choices, the importance of exercise and more!

This program is offered twice a year, meeting for 12-week sessions. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at our Office & Family Center. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilkinson at the DSAJ office at 904.353.6300 or via email.

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Yoga & A Smoothie

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These adaptive stretch classes focus on building strength, developing regulation skills through breathing, improving mobility and maintaining/improving overall health and emotional well-being. The physical sequences are similar from week to week to build confidence, encourage exploration, gain a sense of empowerment and independence, as well as increasing mobility, strength and balance. After each yoga session there will be a smoothie making class where individuals will learn how to make healthy and revitalizing smoothies that taste great too! This program will run for 6 weeks beginning on July 9th, 2019 from 6:00PM-7:30PM.

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