The Martin Center and McDonald's have teamed up to promote fitness and nutrition. Individuals at the center have been enjoying adult happy meals provided by McDonald's in Hardy.
After starting the walking program, individuals at the Martin Center are then eligible to win a happy meal complete with choice of salad and dressing, bottled water, a Stepometer and an information booklet that has a place to record one's steps. The stepometer counts the steps a person has walked. Individuals have been encouraged to start out slow and work up to a larger number. Each person can record the number of steps and see the progress they make. "It's amazing how something so small can cause such a big change," said Carol Morris, head instructor at the center. "We have individuals who are not usually exercisers walking and using the Stepometers."
Jeffery Smith, one of the walkers said, "I think I love their Fiesta salad best." Jeffery now walks a mile each morning using his Stepometer. Tony Taylor, spokesman for McDonald's in Hardy, said, "We are proud to sponsor a program like this one; it's really exciting to see these guys getting active and enjoying it." The information booklet lists Web sites that are partnering with Mcdonald's to promote fitness and nutrition.
Trish Jones, an instructor at the center, has coordinated this partnership program. The Martin Center is a developmental day treatment clinic service, licensed by the Arkansas Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and operated by Network of Community Options Inc. The program provides training to consumers in the following areas: domestic, recreational/leisure, general health, wellness, accessing community resources and pre-vocational. The program is available to all eligible adults with developmental disabilities. For more information call the Martin Center at 870-994-2151.