Find Your Fit by Kevan Worley
When we launched the programs of WE Fit Wellness™ over a year ago, I had no idea of the heavy lift it would take to grow a community or network of people and organizations who are committed to the common cause of exercise, sport, recreation, and best nutrition practices for people with disabilities. I also had no idea of the tremendous personal satisfaction this heavy lifting would bring. The work that Jessica and I have done with blind youth has given me great joy. The WE Can Culture workshops we bring to agencies and organizations to teach and inspire in the areas of corporate wellness, teamwork, leadership, and service have been very well received. But, I am most gratified, inspired, and educated by the fun we are having on the Find Your Fit™ podcast. Let me just say, it is a hoot! We’re having such fun being silly, while trying to motivate and connect community. As with most of the experiences I’ve had in my life, I gain much more than I offer.
I thought this little podcast would simply be a matter of lining up a few guests to talk about their struggles, journey, and possibilities. I have learned so much from each guest. They are all amazing in their own way. I gained insight when Scott LaBarre, attorney, husband, father of two, and President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, detailed his love for athletics, the heart attack he had in his mid-40s, and the steps he has taken to lower medical risk factors. I was inspired by wellness expert and entrepreneur, Mel Scott, of Blind Alive. That was in episode 3. In episode 4, Amelia Dickerson shared her story. You’ve got to love Amazing Amelia. She has a spirit that touches the heart. Blinded in a car accident when she was 14, she has grown into an accomplished young woman who now holds the world record for a blind woman marathoner. We had the opportunity to introduce Maureen Nietfeld/Bassmaster, star of BreakingBlind on Youtube. The feedback we received from that episode has been unbelievable. Maureen is a dear friend and motivating colleague. In episode 7, Jessica and I had the opportunity to sit down with one of this nation’s leading experts on nutrition. We got to travel to Atlanta for that interview with Dr. Joel Kimmons. Because of the Find Your Fit™ podcasts, we are all meeting people who can inspire us to move more and live better. These are folks we would not have had the opportunity to get to know otherwise. We met Jared Ciner and Sam Smith of the Spirit Club in Baltimore, Maryland. Sam is an autistic marathoner and Zumba teacher. We’ve also learned more about the United States Association of Blind Athletes through a visit from Kevin Brousard, who does Community Outreach for USABA.
This afternoon, I’ll be interviewing one of this nation’s blind powerlifters, Bill Kociaba. Later, we’ll be featuring an interview from blind beepball enthusiasts. We will be featuring Wounded Warrior athlete adventure explorers. We will explore best practices around basic exercise and nutrition.
I look forward to meeting the authors, experts, advocates, and athletes. I know that each of these smart and dedicated individuals will help me find my fit. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. I’ll help you, help me, help you help me. I hope you’ll check out one of our episodes. As you walk your personal journey, whatever that is, find your fit.