The Healthy Me Project
Dedicated to offering programs and education that inspire people with all abilities to embrace a healthy lifestyle, while encouraging every person involved in the organization to be a role model for healthy living
Healthy Change means we have an opportunity to decrease the obesity rate among teens and adults with developmental disabilities, we have the responsibility to support the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities, and we have the ability to educate people with developmental disabilities, their parents, their caregivers, fitness and wellness professionals, and nutritionists to create a cohesive, inclusive community dedicated to healthy living for all.
An estimated 4.6 million Americans have an intellectual or developmental disability. Of that amount, more than 340,000 have Down Syndrome. Among Americans with Down Syndrome, an estimated 96 percent of adult women and 71 percent of adult men are obese or overweight. Men and women with developmental disabilities have a propensity for hypertonia, hypotonia, diabetes, gross motor difficulties, and heart disease. Obesity only exacerbates these risks and can become a burden for the obese person, their families, and caregivers.
Roberta Hughes is the Executive Director of The Healthy Me Project. As a certified fitness professional with more than 16 years in the fitness industry, she was inspired to make healthy living available to all populations of people after her personal experience with Briana Carrey, a 28-year-old adult woman with Down Syndrome. Learn more about Roberta’s story