Fit 5The Special Olympics is a valuable program for so many families, and, at this unique time in our world, the Special Olympics Fit 5 program can help us improve our physical and mental fitness.

From the Special Olympics Resources website, the Fit 5 program is based on three simple goals:

  1. Exercise 5 days per week
  2. Eat 5 total fruits and vegetables per day
  3. Drink 5 bottles of water per day

The website has exercise videos for levels 1 through 5, with fellow athletes demonstrating the exercises and stretches, including a comprehensive guide to the program (PDF) and fitness cards (PDF).

You may also want to check out the Special Olympics’ Young Athlete Program and its resources, and Jayne Dixon Weber’s recent article, COVID-19 – My child is home from school or work or a day program! What do I do?

Life deals us circumstances that we can use to improve our lives, and this can be one of those. It is a very hard time on so many levels, many of which we haven’t seen yet, and parents with special needs children are hit especially hard. The NFXF is here to help. We are pulling together more resources — webinars, articles, etc. — so keep an eye on our emails, social media, and website for more. And, as always, reach out to us. You can email Jayne directly for assistance at, message us on Facebook, or send a message on our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Now, go get fitter!

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