I Can Do It, You Can Do It!
I Can Do It, You Can Do It! is a national program launched in May, 2004 by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disability. The Program encourages a one-on-one mentoring relationship over an 8-week period between a trained mentor, who is an adult 18 or older and who may or may not have a disability, and a "mentee" - a youth with a physical or cognitive disability to:
- Increase the knowledge of participating youth about the value of physical activity and good nutrition;
- Increase the knowledge of participating youth about physical activities they can do and how to make better nutritional choices; and
- Increase their physical activity and change their eating habits to reflect better nutritional choices.
Faculty and students from the Health and Physical Education program at UNC Wilmington are providing mentoring for physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities in the Wilmington community through this program. The program utilizes mentors who are matched with individuals with disabilities with the express purpose of assisting participants to safely and successfully participate in recreation and leisure-time pursuits of their choice in the communities in which they live. While the mentor meets each mentee one-on-one during the week, it is our goal that parents and family will continue to encourage physical activity throughout the week by going bowling, going for walks, hiking, or any other form of activity.
"I Can Do It" Mentors attended the 64th Annual NCAAHPERD Convention in Winston Salem November 16-19, 2011.