Living Healthy

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If your goal is to have a healthier lifestyle, Living Well With A Disability can assist you in reaching it. To live the healthiest life possible, you must take control of all aspects of your health. This includes nutrition, fitness, talking with your doctor, and managing stress. Whether it’s an accessible fitness center to work out in or finding a rock climbing group you can join, Living Well With A Disability is here for you!

Following are just some of the many ways you can improve your lifestyle and head in a healthier direction!

Start Living Healthier Today – Follow These Tips

Get Good
Health Care

  • Before your doctor’s appointment, write down a list of questions or concerns to bring up.
  • Take a friend or family member with you to take notes during your appointment.
  • Ask for additional information that may be of benefit to you.

Start Healthy Habits

  • Eat healthy foods in healthy portions.
  • Don’t smoke or do illegal drugs. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • If you take medicine, be sure to take the right dosage at the right times.
  • Keep in touch with your support system, such as family and friends.

Add Fitness
to Your Day

  • Be physically active for 30 minutes a day at least 5 days each week.
  • Set realistic fitness goals and track your progress in a fitness journal.
  • Get support from friends and family members.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you miss a day. Just start again.

Accessible Fitness Centers

If you live in Allegheny, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, or Washington counties, you can also use an accessible fitness center to improve your health! Listed below are Centers for Independent Living that offer fully-accessible fitness centers with specialized fitness equipment designed specifically for people with disabilities to exercise and strengthen their bodies, and ultimately live a healthier life.

Man with a disability using fitness equipment.

CILCP’s Living Well Fitness Center

To join CILCP’s Living Well Fitness Center, call the Living Well hotline at 1-877-TO-LIV-WELL (1-877-865-4893 Voice/TTY), and a Living Well specialist will conduct a free lifestyle survey. Following the survey, information will be sent to a certified personal trainer, and consent and liability forms must be completed before receiving a membership card.

Anyone with a disability that is a user of CILCP services and can direct their own fitness routines has access to the fitness center at no cost; however, one-on-one sessions with a trainer are also available for a nominal fee. This fee may be waived or the consumer may qualify for state-funded assistance.

Location

207 House Avenue
Suite 107
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Fitness Center & Store Hours

Monday – Thursday (8:00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.)
Friday (8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
We are closed all major holidays.

TRCIL’s Living Well Fitness Center

TRCIL’s Living Well Fitness Center is available to people with disabilities for free. Before using the equipment, each person must fill out a questionnaire about their disability, and must have permission from their doctor to use the equipment.

Location

900 Rebecca Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Hours

Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

TRIPIL’s Living Well Fitness Center

TRIPIL offers a fully accessible gym that is used by staff, volunteers, and consumers with disabilities. It is also used for a summer Youth Group for children with disabilities.

Location

Washington Office
69 East Beau Street
Washington, PA 15301

Hours

Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Open one Saturday a month. Closed on holidays.

VFI’s Living Well Fitness Center

VFI’s Living Well Fitness Center is free to consumers, consumers’ attendants and any person with a disability in the community wanting to improve their health! Liability forms must be completed prior to using the fitness equipment. We even offer the opportunity to meet with someone and customize a workout plan that fits your individual needs.

Location

1107 Payne Avenue
Erie, PA 16503

Hours

Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

For more information about these fitness centers, please call 1-877-TO-LIV-WELL (1-877-865-4893 Voice/TTY).