May 2013

Table of Contents

Volume 12, Issue 5


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Letter from the Director:  Childhood Obesity and Special Populations

Childhood obesity rates are increasing across Canada and the United States. However, not all children are affected equally by the burden of obesity and poor health. If we really want to tackle childhood obesity, we must address the underlying social determinants of health. A recent Canadian expert panel on childhood obesity addressed some important themes that have relevance to children with disabilities. 

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From the Editor's Desk:  A Healthy and Active Summer

Every month I have the opportunity to peruse each newsletter article before it’s released into cyber space and appears on your computer screen. Amidst checking for grammar, spelling and flow, a unique theme often appears. After editing this month’s submissions two subjects are on my brain – summertime and staying active.

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Nutrition Spotlight: The 411 on Celiac Disease and a Gluten-Free Diet

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and in honor of this, we would like to educate everyone on the ins and outs of celiac disease.

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Senior Corner: The Essential Nature of Posture for Balance and Function

Many factors can directly affect an individual’s ability to maintain good posture, balance, and walking (gait) mechanics. These include the natural aging process, physical disability, and the symptoms of many chronic medical conditions. The inability to maintain balance can increase the risk of falling, and since falls are the leading cause of injury for people of the age 60 and above, it is crucial to incorporate balance exercises into your exercise program.

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Training Corner: Deskercise! 20 Ways to Get Moving While you Work

Desker-what? The term deskercise refers to exercise that can be performed throughout your workday and even from your desk. There are a variety of movements available, but in this month’s Training Corner, we will focus on 20 inclusive ways to effectively add more movement into your day. 

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Kids Korner: Meet Heath and Seth

Heath and Seth are brothers who live in Alabama. They love to attend camps in the summer. In fact, they love them so much that they attend multiple camps each year! This summer you will have the opportunity to follow Heath and Seth as they attend different camps. But first, let’s get to know Heath and Seth a little bit better.

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Kids Nutrition Korner: Summer Nutrition/Cooking Camps

For many of you, summer means getting out of the house and making new friends and memories at camp. But did you know that there are specific camps that can help you lose weight and learn to cook? If you have ever been teased about your weight or if you just want to get healthy, I recommend trying a nutrition camp this summer.

To read this article, please click HERE.

Kids Korner: For the Parents: Camp- It's What's for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and your kids might already be asking, “What are we doing this summer?” This question may immediately put you into panic mode as you visualize the endless days stretched out before you. But before you stress out about how to entertain your children all summer long, consider the possibility of camp

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Community Spotlight: Catalyst Sports

Catalyst Sports is a non-profit organization that provides the highest level of adaptive sports to the disabled community. They offer a unique experience for all participants who can be anyone with a physical disability and are located in Atlanta where a great deal of their programing takes place at local climbing gyms and locations.

 To read this article, please click HERE.

Research Corner: Physical Fitness, Walking Performance, and Gait in Multiple Sclerosis, a review

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves (  Symptoms vary from mild (numbness in the limbs) to severe (paralysis, loss of vision). Each person is affected differently so the progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are difficult to predict.

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From the Information Specialists' Desks: Updates and Upcoming Events

At NCHPAD, we hope you will take advantage of all of the resources at your disposal to stay active throughout the upcoming warm months.  Don’t forget to check out our program and organization databases to see what opportunities for physical activity and recreation may be close to you.

To read more, please click HERE.

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