Science has helped us to understand that kids with physical disabilities engage in levels of physical activity that are approximately 30% lower than national fitness guidelines. They also spend double the amount of time in sedentary behavior relative to typically developing peers. The implications of not moving are serious. Decreased physical activity and increased sedentary behavior can have serious health implications, including reduced life expectancy.

In response, the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy has worked to develop be.well, a community-based wellness service line for children with chronic or complex medical needs. be.well programs are guided by therapists, administered by local community partners, and supported by philanthropic agencies including the Association of Volunteers, the Convalescent Hospital for Children Fund, and PNC. The service line is intended to generate opportunities for sport and leisure/recreation, regardless of ability. We believe that our city is full of places to play, and we are glad to help kids feel confident as they explore among similarly abled peers.

Currently, be.well programs include both single event, “try it” days and multi-week series. Collectively, nearly two dozen opportunities are offered annually. Details and registration links for all programs are delivered through email announcements. To receive these announcements, please text the characters “bewell” to the number 66866.

A preview of the 2022 season can be found below.


  • Series: yoga
  • Try-It Days: snow skiing , rock climbing


  • Series: move (a 5K training program), groove (a dance program), gardening, cooking
  • Try-It Days: soccer, fencing, golf, rock climbing


  • Series: strength training (green gym), martial arts, swimming, biking
  • Try-It Days: track and field, tennis, rock climbing, kayaking, water skiing


  • Series: hiking
  • Try-It Days: hand-cycling, wheelchair basketball, rock climbing

Questions? Please contact the be.well team at

Volunteer Opportunities

Many participants require supervision or physical assistance in order to engage in be.well programming. While events are always guided by onsite physical and occupational therapists, our volunteer network plays a critical role in the safe delivery of the service line.

If you have interest in supporting be.well through active volunteerism and/or are hoping to satisfy service learning obligations, subscribe to our volunteer registry.

Requests for volunteers are sent via email announcement to subscribers, as needs arise.


All be.well programs are offered free of charge. A charitable gift can help to fill a roster spot on a team or provide the adaptive equipment necessary for active participation. Gifts of all sizes are important and your support allows us to continue this important service, while removing the barrier of cost. If you are interested in financially supporting be.well, contact