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Rockford Pro/Am helps Barbara Olson Center of Hope

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A Rockford area organization, providing hope to people with disabilities gets a little help of its own, thanks to Rockford's Pro/Am. The tournament will give people a good work-out, but we're not talking about the golfers or spectators.

"A lot of people don't realize that individuals with disabilities need a lot of help with nutrition and with exercise." -says Barbara Olson Center of Hope Executive Director Carm Herman.

You might say it's common knowledge that healthier is better. Experts tells us to exercise and eat right. Barbara Olson Center of Hope's Wellness Center can provide a healthier lifestyle for people living with developmental disabilities.

"A lot of our individuals don't have the opportunity to exercise at home and this way it gives them an opportunity to exercise, to learn about health and fitness and so they can carry that into their lives at home and into the community." -Herman explains.

Organization leaders say you can see firsthand how the Wellness Center changes lives.

"One young lady has lost 50 pounds since she's been here, she looks great. Other people have lost weight." -Herman says.

The work out room is constantly buzzing with people.

"Our participants rotate through that room, like, 100 participants during the day."

Which is a good thing, except for one aspect.

"We've had these bikes now for a couple years, but when you have that many people using them on a daily basis... They really do wear down quickly."

That's where the golf tournament comes in.

"We wrote to the Pro/Am because they're really into health to see if they could help us replace our recumbent bikes and our regular bikes which are used everyday and that's what we will be using that money for." -Herman adds.

The center's been providing services to disabled individuals for 65 years. The Pro/Am starts Monday, July 15th, 10:15 a.m. at Forest Hills Country Club.

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