Stay fit. Get involved!

by Jennifer Dosanj

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“Health and well-being is not just about exercise. It’s also about socializing and connecting with people who like the same things.” – Jennifer Dosanj

To me health and well-being means being active and contributing, like doing chores around the house or errands in the community.

It also means fitness. I do a regular workout two to four times each week depending on the weather. I go to the Surrey Leisure and Sports Complex. They have all the equipment well arranged and I can get on and off everything safely. The staff are really friendly too. And it’s only five minutes away from my house.

When I exercise I am more mobile and can walk better. I have Cerebral Palsy so my muscles get really tense if I don’t exercise. Working out helps to relax my body and I am able to stand longer and walk more smoothly. I feel more confident and it helps my self esteem to know my muscles are getting stronger and I can do things for longer periods of time.

Learning new things also contributes to my health and wellness. I am a 2010 University of Victoria graduate. I was a non-crediting student for four years and was supported by the STEPS Forward program. I really miss university. I liked getting involved in the campus atmosphere like working during student elections and the university newspaper.

Health and well-being is not just about exercise. It’s also about socializing and connecting with people who like the same things.


STEPS Forward helps ensure people with developmental disabilities are included at B.C. colleges and universities. Learn more at: www.Steps-Forward.org

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