Wanted: Walkers to Help Support UDAC "STEPS" Program

By KBJR News 1

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Everyone should have access to health and physical fitness. That's the goal of UDAC's Specialized Training and Exercise program, also known as "STEPS."

Martin Strandberg has been training at Steps Fitness Center since it opened and has made great strides in his health and fitness.
He's lost 52 pounds.

UDAC offers programs and services to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through both Day Training and Habilitation and Supported Employment licenses.

Dozens of people are employed in the bulk mailing room; more are kept busy shredding private documents for area businesses.

Many of the workers also work out in the Steps Fitness Center.

"And this opportunity allows them to have an environment, a fitness center that they feel comfortable in," said Gary Holquist, a UDAC Board Member. "An environment that allows them to get the special support that the consumers need."

The steps program was developed to fight diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure and now its looking to expand its program into the community.

"We're focusing on older adults, people that don't feel that comfortable, maybe going to a traditional fitness center, for a variety of reasons, maybe it's the lack of parking or it's the size." said Laurie Berner, Executive Director of UDAC inc.

The program offers workout equipment, aerobic activity and weight resistance.

Last year, he was the number one fundraiser for the "Walk a mile in our Shoes" Walk-a-thon.

This year's fundraiser will be held February 6th.

Participants walk for 30 minutes at the Holiday Center Skywalk or at THE STEPS Center.

Register for the Walk a Mile in Our Shoes Walk-a-thon.