Our Work & Background
People, over the course of a lifetime, naturally experience a variety of changes that affect their mobility. Throughout childhood and early adulthood, we acquire increasing physical, social, and intellectual capacity to move through life. In addition to the injuries many active individuals incur during this stage, individuals regularly confront mobility barriers to which they must habilitate. From mid adulthood, the aging process itself slowly reduces strength, balance, and flexibility, the foundation of person’s physical mobility. In order to maintain vitality, an individual must constantly adapt to changing abilities and create different and new capabilities, i.e., habilitate. Vitality In Action Foundation's role is to conduct research and educational activities that provide individuals and communities with affordable solutions to increase vitality.
Behavioral and health scientists have pursued extensive research into the habilitation of those living with mobility impairments since World War II, using “quality of life” as the measure of long-term success. Mainstreaming, the provision of community-based solutions to habilitation needs, has proven tremendously successful in raising the overall quality of life for individuals with mobility impairments as well as the broader community. Adaptive recreation and sporting activities are among the most successful mainstreaming techniques – their role in maintaining health and improving quality of life is well-documented. Employing resources available in the community such as Public Recreation Centers, Vitality In Action Foundation provides innovative and cost effective assistance for local habilitation requirements.
Vitality's Strategic Goals
Vitality In Action Foundation seeks cost effective community-based sporting and recreation programs that enable individuals to create mobility for a lifetime regardless of physical condition, age, or mobility impairment. Our strategic goals are to:
Build Vitality's Pilot Mobility Laboratory Project into a nationwide program focused on research and development of new adaptive recreational opportunities and Best Practices of mobility habilitation.
Assist the development of Community-Based mobility education and training programs that enable anyone to maximize mobility.
Develop adaptive ice skating techniques, equipment, and competitive models for standing ice hockey, speed skating, and figure skating.