CONGRATULATIONS to our Health & Fitness class in Lexington, KY! They have completed and graduated with fun held by all! Check out more pictures on our Arc of Central KY Facebook page!
We would like to THANK this year’s conference sponsors. Due to losing our state funding last year we are especially thankful for their support! Without these groups, we wouldn’t be able to provide this great training for Kentuckians with disabilities, their families and networks.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sherri Brothers 502-875-5225
February 6, 2018
Kentucky Chapters of The Arc Awarded $15,000 Grant from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for Health and Fitness for All Project
Frankfort, KY – Chapters of The Arc in Kentucky are pleased to announce they have received $15,000 of funding from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to support the Health and Fitness for All project. This grant is made possible thanks to an almost $88,000 national grant from the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. The project’s training curriculum was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, and provides overall structured information on how to organize and start a tailored physical activity and health education program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The award will be used to conduct this health project at four chapters certified in the HealthMatters curriculum in Kentucky including The Arc of Kentucky, The Arc of Central Kentucky, The Arc of Barren County and The Pointe Arc in Northern Kentucky. The program will also be carried out in Texas and Wisconsin this year.
In 2016, The Arc received comparable funding for this initiative from the Anthem Foundation to carry out the program in Texas and Tennessee. The program resulted in roughly half of participants reporting a healthy blood pressure, along with 71% of participants revealing increased knowledge of healthy foods and healthy behaviors. Drawing on a very successful first year, four chapters in Kentucky have been chosen to implement the 12-week program with a drive to increase results to approximately 75 participants.
“A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, especially people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Kentucky is grateful to have the very generous support from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. This support enables The Arc Kentucky to continue to provide training opportunities and programs, like Health and Fitness for All, that will help individuals with I/DD make healthier choices,” said Sherri Brothers, Interim Executive Director.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults with disabilities have a 58% higher rate of obesity than adults without disabilities due to certain challenges individuals face with I/DD related to eating healthy, maintaining weight and being physically active. Nonetheless, since
2012, The Arc has continued to reach over 700 participants with the use of the HealthMatters curriculum and provided those with I/DD the tools and resources needed to lead healthier lives.
“We’re pleased to team with The Arc to continue to support their efforts to ensure all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have access to information that encourages a healthier lifestyle,” said Divya Cantor, MD, chief medical officer at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky. “The results of their program are further evidence of the value they bring to the communities they serve to help create a healthier generations of Americans.”
The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of more than 665 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.
About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at http://anthemfoundation.tumblr.com.
Wednesday – January 31, 2018
Capital Annex and Rotunda
Gather in the Annex: 10:00 a.m.
Rally in the Rotunda: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Educate Policymakers about the “874,000+ Returns on Investments” Advocate, Attend Committee Meetings, Share Stories (Lunch Provided)
We are preparing for The Arc of Kentucky’s 2018 Annual Best Practice Conference scheduled on March 8-9th 2018, in Louisville at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. As you know, The Arc of Kentucky is a statewide, private, non-profit, multi-purpose, volunteer organization with local chapters located across the state. We are a grassroots organization that has a membership of 1,100 plus, consisting of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Parents, family members, friends, professionals, business leaders, policymakers and others are dedicated to attaining and ensuring a better life for Kentuckians who have these disabilities, as well as their families.
Sponsorship for individuals and families to attend is a high need this year. To assist with the expenses involved with the conference, we are seeking your help. Please see the link below for sponsorship amounts and opportunities. 2018 Sponsorship Package
The Arc of Kentucky’s 2018 Annual Conference “Together We Grow”
We are looking for success stories!
WE NEED YOU (self-advocates/families/friends/teachers/groups) to share information about how people who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are living lives that reflect the values of inclusive communities and quality lives.
The Arc of Kentucky is sponsoring a poster contest for Elementary, Middle and High School students that depict the theme of “Everybody Counts.” The contest will be held to celebrate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Posters must be completed by: February 20, 2018. Posters will be picked up by an Arc member in your area to be brought to The Arc of Kentucky Annual Conference where they will be displayed and judged by participants on March 8. Everybody Counts 2018
The Arc of Kentucky Annual Awards to be presented in 2018 at the annual conference in Louisville on March 8-9, 2018, and will be given to the nominated individuals who best fit these descriptions: These awards emphasize the importance of recognizing the ABILITIES of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and the outstanding service delivered by many volunteers and professionals in the fields of intellectual and related disabilities.
Please see the link below for the complete description for each award. Annual Awards 2018
The Arc of Kentucky will host its 2018 Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport in Louisville, KY on March 8-9, 2018 in collaboration with the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Autism Society of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Department of Education, Jefferson County Parent Resource Center and Simpson County Parent Resource Center.
If you are interested in this marketing opportunity and want to prepare an exhibit, please see the link below for the complete application.