Research suggests that children 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. The long-term effects of decreased physical activity and increased sedentary behavior include metabolic dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and poor bone density. These poor activity patterns have been associated with a cascade of serious health implications for children with movement disorders, including reduced life expectancy.

The Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy is committed to the ongoing health and wellness of the children serve, beyond the therapy environment. We have recognized a need for program expansion in the area of health and wellness. We believe that regardless of ability, children should move and play in our city. be.well is a community-based wellness series for individuals with childhood-onset disability. Programs are guided by Cincinnati Children’s Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, administered by local community partners, and supported by philanthropic agencies including the Association of Volunteers for the Convalescent Hospital and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.

Due to safety related to coronavirus (COVID-19), all previous announced be.well programs are on hold. We are pleased instead to share a new virtual series of wellness programming with you: be.well anywhere. COVID-19 is changing the way that we do things, but we are still here for you! Current be.well anywhere programs include be.well anywhere running, be.well anywhere cooking, and be.well anywhere gardening.

If you have interest in our Wellness Programs, call 513-636-2146 or email OTPT.be.well@cchmc.org.

Volunteers: We rely on volunteers to help us deliver safe, fun programs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for any of our be.well experiences, please email OTPT.be.well@cchmc.org with your name and contact information. Thank you!

Download a program brochure or click on a program below for more information.