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National Fitness Challenge

NFC Participants Travel Equivalent of 11 Times Around Earth

Over the past eight months, more than 450 Americans who are blind and visually impaired participated in the sixth annual National Fitness Challenge, hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Together, participants took more than 631 million steps, tracked by Fitbit technology, to improve their physical fitness. The final number of "miles traveled" during the eight-month program (276,148) equals an astounding 11 trips around the earth. Seventeen regional partners in nine states hosted multiple events and sports programming for NFC participants throughout the eight-month program. Activities included tandem cycling, beep baseball, yoga, kayaking, skiing, running, 5-a-side soccer, goalball…  Read More

2018-2019 Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge Announced

United States Association of Blind Athletes and Anthem Foundation Partner to Empower People with Visual Impairments to Lead More Active Lifestyles More than 450 people participating in USABA Fitness Challenge Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 10, 2018) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce a $340,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation, the philantrhopic arm of Anthem, Inc to implement the National Fitness Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. For the next eight months, USABA will partner with 17 organizations across the United States to provide more than 450 blind and visually impaired youth and adults…  Read More

Stepping into 2018 with Better Health

More than 340 Americans who are blind and visually impaired took 513 million steps to improve their physical fitness as part of the 2017 USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. Across eight states, participants at 13 partner agencies engaged in sports and fitness programming in their local communities and used Fitbit technology to set goals and track their progress. Their efforts over the nine-month program resulted in weight loss, healthier habits, beating illness and a sense of community. Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are blind and visually impaired across the…  Read More

Anthem Foundation and USABA Partner to Inspire Fitness

[srlink]Anthem Foundation has once again graciously awarded the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) grant funding for the National Fitness Challenge. This will be the fifth iteration of the USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. “The Anthem Foundation continues to empower and inspire youth and adults across the nation who are blind and visually impaired by supporting the National Fitness Challenge,” said USABA’s Executive Director, Mark Lucas. “We are honored and excited to once again partner with the Anthem Foundation to cultivate a healthier community.” Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are…  Read More

Accessible Technology Empowers Blind Americans to Get Moving

As children, we are introduced to sport and physical activity through physical education curriculums in grade school. We learn leadership and teamwork, and gain self-esteem and confidence through participation in sports. We experience the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of defeat which fuels a competitive spirit in those of us that go on to compete at a higher level. But children who are blind and visually impaired are often excluded from these formative opportunities, setting them up for unhealthy lifestyle habits that follow them into adulthood. These children have become part of the more than 11 million Americans who…  Read More

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