March 2016
A monthly update from UCP Central PA

LifeFit: Meet Adaira
March is National Nutrition Month
Adaira is a fun-loving full of life consumer who participates in the LifeFit fitness and nutrition program. She started with the program as the very first consumer in Dauphin County in 2009. At the time she was a recent high school graduate, living with her family, and working at her local grocery store. Adaira's fitness goal was simple: "lose weight." She started a workout routine with LifeFit staff at a local gym. Others at the gym took notice of Adaira's hard work and she soon began to show confidence and pride in the work she was putting in each day. 
Adaira also needed some guidance and education with regard to nutrition. She set small daily goals that
 included drinking more water, cutting back on her nightly ice cream, and making healthier choices while at work. She also participated in nutrition lessons, became more selective with her grocery shopping, and prepared healthy meals with her LifeFit clinician. All of this hard work began to pay off and Adaira started losing the weight. She loved letting her clinician know she had to buy smaller pants! In total Adaira lost 20 pounds, not only did she feel better but it also helped her excel in many of the Special Olympic sports she participates in.
Adaira still is actively involved in the LifeFit program. Her clinician works on maintaining her healthy weight, and also sets very sports-specific goals depending on what event she is participating in through the Special Olympics. She lights up the gym when she walks in and many other gym-goers look forward to talking to her about some of her favorite things; her dogs, the Eagles, and Penn State football. She has made many friends through the LifeFit program and is often seen encouraging other consumers in the program. Not only did LifeFit provide a way to a healthier lifestyle, but it also gave Adaira the confidence to participate in many activities, and become a leader both in her job and in many social settings.

UCP Website Gets a NEW Look!
Earlier this year, the UCP Central PA website re-launched with a new, responsive design, meaning it will automatically adapt for optimal viewing no matter what device you're using--desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

In addition to the new look, the redesign by agis brought some new features, including:
  • Google site search
  • Targeted search bar
  • UCP Directory (quickly find other UCP sites)
  • Beautiful new photo gallery/scrapbook
  • Secure portal for UCP board and committee members 
Explore the new site today (try it on your smartphone!) at
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
UCP is pleased to return on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:00am for the 8th straight year as one of more than 40 local nonprofits selected to participate in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

It's fun for the whole family! Join us for the 5K Walk or the one-mile Fun Walk.  The walk route is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and leashed dogs are welcome
Register today to help bring others one step closer to life without limits. Have questions or need help with registration? Contact Anna Spiess, Community Relations Coordinator: 717-975-0611 x217
Simply the Best
Voting remains open until April 15, 2016


Pick up a copy of the Harrisburg Magazine
and complete the ballot.

Upcoming Events

March 26
Capital Area Christian Church, Mechanicsburg

Children's Art Show & Silent Auction
April 14
6:30 - 7:30PM
Capital Area Children's Center, Camp Hill

Parent Presentation
April 21
Capital Area Children's Center, Camp Hill

And check out this opportunity for Club Cafe from our friends at
Capital Area Christian Church!
News You Can Use

"Night to Shine" in Cumberland Co. for people with special needs