Living SOfit – Davidson County Athlete Makes Health a Priority

Every Thursday night, you can find a group of Special Olympics Davidson County athletes working together on an important aspect of being an athlete—their health.

Five months ago, Davidson County athlete Brian Goins heard about a new health program, called SOfit, that would help athletes focus on health and wellness. After learning more, he decided he should try to bring the program to his community, believing it would benefit athletes in his local program.

“I wanted to help myself and fellow athletes lose weight, become better athletes and learn how to make healthy choices,” explained Goins.

SOfit is a health and wellness program that provides athletes with the opportunity to be more active. The program is a Unified experience where athletes work with a coach and Unified Partners, people without an intellectual disability, to not only increase their everyday activity but to learn more about proper nutrition, healthy eating, and active living.

Taking the lead on growing this program, Goins recruited more than 30 Davidson County athletes. With Goins’s encouragement, each athlete committed themselves to making healthier choices.

“Brian has been a leader in our community, but he’s really stepped up by motivating and encouraging other athletes to participate in the program,” said Special Olympics Davidson County local coordinator Mary Ann Brown.

On top of developing his leadership skills, Goins has also seen improvements in his health. A Special Olympics athlete for over 30 years, Goins has always tried to be conscious about staying active. However, the SOfit program opened his eyes to how making a choice about food or exercise can impact him.

Not only has Goins lost weight, he has noticed that his balance is improving and he has more self-control. Most importantly, Goins believes he now has more confidence when it comes to making healthy choices about nutrition and exercise.

But for Goins, the real impact of the SOfit program has been seeing his friends and fellow athletes progress.

“All of the athletes doing this with me have had real achievements and have stayed true to their goals,” said Goins. “I felt like this was my job to help them with their health, and I’m happy to watch them succeed.”

Goins hopes that Davidson County athletes will continue making health a priority for as long as possible. There is no doubt that Goins will keep on living SOfit!

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