Healthy living

…ple with Down’s syndrome who can be more susceptible to weight-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Research has found that of those involved in DSActive sessions, 27% have lost weight, 68% have improved their fitness, 71% have grown in confidence, 78% have improved their physical ability and 91% have improved their social skills. Being active is an important part of being healthy, but what you eat is just as important. The DSAc…

A review of 2019

…a good time to take a breath and reflect on what we’ve achieved. 1000 participants The DSActive team now supports 1000 people with Down’s syndrome in DSActive sessions across England and Wales. We are very proud of this achievement, and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the DSActive team and all the clubs we work with. To celebrate this achievement, we created a short video which you can see here. New sports Following feedback fro…

Tips on fundraising by Brentford Penguin FC

…great work. What is Brentford Penguin FC? “Brentford Penguins FC is the official football club for young people with Down’s syndrome in West London. It was created in 2017, to provide a professional football club experience in a unique, fun environment. The training includes music, street football games and obstacles for the participants to enjoy and that helps accelerate learning.” What are the long-term goals of Brentford Penguin FC? “The long-t…

What is a healthy diet?

…lth Swap app, over the coming weeks we will be posting blogs all about nutrition. This first blog will answer the questions, what is a healthy diet and why is it important? There is a lot of talk in the media at the moment about healthy eating and with new diets appearing every day, it can be a confusing world. Whether it is paleo, veganism, pescatarian, low carb, Atkinson, fasting and so many more, it can feel very overwhelming and can lead to pe…

DSActive & WorkFit support Luke in his new role

…when DSActive started working with the club to set up a football team specifically for people with Down’s syndrome. Since then, the Cardiff Bluebirds have gone from strength to strength. The number of players has grown and they have been a feature of six consecutive DSActive National Football Festivals. It was through this long term relationship with the Foundation that the DSA’s WorkFit project got involved.   Luke has been part of the DSActive…

Girl power at Coventry

…are the DSActive football sessions. A member of the DSActive team went to visit Coventry’s session and was VERY impressed with the skills on show. The session focus was around dribbling, which the girls were all very good at! One player especially was pulling all her tricks and skills out the bag. The girls were able to keep the ball very close to their feet and move with great pace. Once they had finished with their dribbling drill it was time to…

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New Health Swap app launches to improve digital skills and encourage positive lifestyle choices for people with Down’s syndrome

…e app has been designed to help people with Down’s syndrome improve their digital skills as well as to make more informed choices about healthy eating and exercise. The Health Swap app has been developed by the DSActive team with app development company The Distance. Research shows that more than 70% of people who have Down’s syndrome are overweight or obese, and that less than 20% hit the Government’s physical activity recommendations. Everyone w…

Visiting the Electric Eels

…years Do you do any other sports or activities? Dancing, trampolining, multi-skills sport Why do you like swimming? I like seeing my friends What is your best memory of swimming? Swimming galas Pauline Walker, Founder of Electric Eels: How long have you been involved with Electric Eels? I founded the club 10 years ago after being involved with disability swimming for 25 years. I am passionate about all aspects of the club and I absolutely love all…

Upbeats show off their skills to Charlton’s first team!

…ess Week and they looked fantastic! The players took a break from their training to meet the Upbeats who were very excited to get stuck into training. Karl Robinson, first team manager, had a shooting exercise set up for the players with Jonnie Jackson leading one team and Tony Watt leading the other, with Declan Rudd set up in goal. However the Upbeats keeper had it covered. There were some fantastic shots being saved but a few of them managed to…