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- Key Issues and Considerations in Health Promotion for People with Disabilities
- Service Delivery Model of Health Promotion for People with Disabilities
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- Physicians Need to Refer Their Patients to NCHPAD
- How Changing Ads in Health and Fitness Can Change Attitudes
- A Comparison of the Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness of 3 Intervention Strategies for AIDS Wasting
- Community Spotlight: ShowMe Aquatics, St. Louis, Missouri
- Barriers associated with exercise and community access for individuals with stroke
- Walk to School Day Celebrates National Efforts to Promote More Walkable (Wheelable), Active Communities
- Addressing Barriers to Exercise with Older Adults
- Principles for Adapting Activities in Recreation Programs and Settings
- The Rationale and Benefits of Sport Participation for Youth of All Abilities
- Absence of People with Disabilities Using Local Parks
- Wellness Programming for Independent Living Centers
- Current injury or disability as a barrier to being more physically active.
- Exercise Program for Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's Disease: A 1-Year Randomized, Controlled Trial
- Defining Secondary Conditions for People with Disabilities
- What to Know Before You Go: The Big Questions to Ask Before Arriving at Your "Accessible" Recreation Destination
- Effects of exercise training on frailty in community-dwelling older adults: Results of a randomized, controlled trial
- Obesity in people with intellectual disabilities: The impact of nurse-led health screenings and health promotion activities.
James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.
Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Health promotion programs offered in the general community often present physical, attitudinal and knowledge barriers that limit participation by people with disabilities. These environmental barriers and the lack of information on how to overcome them make it difficult for people with disabilities to engage in health promoting behaviors. This paper presents a brief overview of health promotion for people with disabilities in the areas of exercise, nutrition and health education, and describes a service delivery model that addresses the needs of this important subgroup. The primary emphasis of the model is to provide instructional guidance to persons with disabilities in the Supportive Transitional Setting that will assist them in overcoming environmental barriers to participation in their community (i.e., home or wellness facility). The Supportive Transitional Setting is used to empower people with disabilities to adopt healthier lifestyles and manage various secondary conditions related to their disability (e.g., fatigue, weakness, pain). A sample program conducted in this setting is described at the end of the paper.