Helping All Kids Be Active and Well
We’re dedicated to improving outcomes for the kids and families we serve—and that commitment to care goes beyond the walls of the hospital. That’s why we work with amazing community partners, like the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, to help children reach their full potential.
The be.well program, guided by our Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT), offers fun, community-based recreation opportunities for kids with chronic or complex medical conditions—kids like 12-year-old Colton, a fearless adventurer who loves getting outdoors and trying new things.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy and several other health issues, Colton has undergone numerous surgeries, working hard with our OT/PT specialists to become more mobile with assistance from his leg braces and walker. And now, Colton is learning to do things he didn’t know he was capable of.
“Colton’s potential is immeasurable,” says his mom, Kendra. “And so is the difference that be.well is making in these kids’ lives. The fact that we have this in our own backyard is an amazing blessing.”
Through the program, Colton explores things like martial arts, skiing and rock climbing. Our experts help guide him to adapt activities in a safe space where he can play with similarly-abled friends, try new skills and build confidence.
Annually, the be.well program delivers around two dozen “try it” days, with opportunities for biking, dancing, hiking and more.
“Our partnership with Cincinnati Parks is helping us bring these accessible, outdoor programs to local parks—giving more kids the chance to get involved,” says Jen Angeli, PhD, OT/PT, who leads the program.
There are clear national guidelines for how much people should move every day to stay healthy. Individuals who have disabilities are particularly vulnerable. We’re working hard to change the physical activity report card in our community.
Together with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and generous donors, like you, we can help kids discover that they can do more than they ever thought possible.