Monday, July 9, 2012

Learning the Virtues of Physical Fitness

Tina Escher participates with
the Get Fit Club line dance.

Tina Escher brings a no-nonsense approach to her job and a similar dedication to her weekly workouts at St. Petersburg's YMCA.
Toil is not always fun, but it is important, the 50-year-old says, reflecting values common among her generation — work hard and you'll be rewarded, stay active and improve the odds for a long, healthy life.
But it's not that simple for Escher, one of nearly 1.9 million American adults living with a developmental disability. With a mountain of intellectual and physical challenges, they face a constant battle for wellness the general population can't fathom.

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