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Get FIT @Rowan

The Get FIT (Fitness, Integration, and Training) @Rowan initiative is an innovative, collaborative effort between Rowan University and the Family Resource Network, a non-profit agency in New Jersey, which has demonstrated success in improving access to fitness, nutritional, and wellness programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) and their caregivers.

Since 2008, Get FIT @Rowan has had an incredible impact on the Southern New Jersey community through actualizing its mission of bolstering physical activity and nutrition education for individuals with IDD and their families.

Get FIT @Rowan is a supervised, one-on-one fitness training program in which Rowan students and employees volunteer to serve as fitness coaches to a client who has an IDD, or to their caregiver.  Volunteer fitness coaches are trained to work with their clients and guide them through an effective and safe total-body exercise program during scheduled times throughout the week.

Get FIT has three primary goals, which are to:

  1. improve the quality of life for the Southern New Jersey community;
  2. promote physical activity among individuals with IDDs and their families; and
  3. continue to expand the Program to have tangible, positive, and measurable impacts.

The program is offered every fall and spring semester for 10 weeks, with clients participating up to 4 times each week. It is a great opportunity for both the volunteer fitness coaches to use their creativity and knowledge to support their clients in forming a healthier lifestyle.

Get FIT @Rowan Documentary

To see and learn more about our program, we invite you to watch a short documentary, produced by Rowan Radio, TV and Film students.