Health & Fitness
Established in 2004, the Health & Fitness Center provides experiences and opportunities in the realm of sport, leisure, physical fitness and healthy lifestyle for the people we support at Black Hills Works. At its most basic level, the Fitness Center strives to get people moving and exercising to the best of his or her abilities. This is accomplished through a variety of options in the Center. There are many options in the exercise room, such as the usage of treadmills, elliptical machines and strength training equipment. When not in the exercise room, our staff always strives to find activities to promote motion and fitness, such as going for bike rides or hikes, playing basketball in our gymnasium, or playing a round on our new disc golf course. In pursuing fitness and healthy lifestyle for everyone, we are constantly assessing our environment to make adaptations and modifications as necessary, so that everyone can participate, regardless of ability.
On another level, the Fitness Center provides so many other opportunities. Through class curriculum, we provide learning opportunities on all things sport. Classes that have been taught in the past have included the learning of new and exciting games and activities (bocce, pickleball, yoga), as well as sports history. We work to be in tune with the current events of the world of sports, such as focusing on a soccer and "countries of the world" unit during the World Cup Soccer tournament. The Fitness Center also tries to be a bridge to the community of Rapid City as well; it is very common to see participants in the community attending local sporting events or going out for an afternoon of darts or pool at a local establishment. The hope is that as the people we support gain greater etiquette and independence in utilizing the exercise equipment available in our Fitness Center, that they will use those skills gained to establish gym memberships in the community. The Fitness Center also teaches the people we support the recreation of being a "fan" through such activities as our fantasy football league, "March Madness" NCAA Basketball tournament parties, and Super Bowl parties. The Health & Fitness Center at Black Hills Works helps to provide the "Three E's"—Education, Experience, and Exposure—in the areas of sport and recreation to all participants.
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